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Mindfulness and Sleep

I wrote this article to find out if mindfulness is for you or not. But let’s take a moment first to see what mindfulness is. Although there is a wide range of definitions and practices, there is also a very clear consensus on the main aspects.

Before I go into the subject, I would like to share with you the mindfulness method I use to help me sleep at night.Sleep-weight-mindfulness

Here are some simple mindfulness steps I use to fall asleep at night.

1. Lie in your bed, with your arms by sides.

2. You must feel comfortable.

3. Close your eyes and relax.

4. Take a deep breath and concrete on your berating.

This will help you to clear all the thoughts that cause you mind to worry and stay awake. When your mind begins to think of other things. Do not get annoyed with yourself, simply move back to thinking about your breathing. Eventually your mind will become bored thinking about your berating. That is when you will fall asleep.

Try out the above method and let me know what you think.

Anyway, getting back to my thoughts on this fascinating subject:

Mindfulness medication practice is catching your attention in such a way that you completely experience any feelings that may arise in the present moment.

On the one hand, because “full of spirit” seems to involve the mind, while the intention is just the opposite. You practice mindfulness when you move into the feelings that may arise, that is, experience, rather than allowing the mind to develop strategies to change the quality of meditationwhat you feel. It is oriented towards acceptance, following the premise that when we think, we feel less. Or, in other words: the emptier your mind, the more mental it will be. Very confusing you may think.

At first glance, the answer to the question of whether mindfulness is for everyone, especially if it is for you, may seem even more confusing. But not when you zoom in.

There is a wide body of literature with evidence that mindfulness practices improve quality of life, reducing stress, improving physical health and increasing creativity and other cognitive skills. Like meditation, walking or yoga, mindfulness is a modality that can calm the mind. And if you are stressed, perhaps at work, mindfulness can improve your quality of life by reducing stress and side effects.

However, you may have noticed a contradiction here. On the one hand, mindfulness improves the quality of life, while, on the other hand, it revolves around accepting the current level of quality of your life. This contradiction does not mean that mindfulness is discredited. It just means that you must be careful not to end up turning mindfulness practice into an example of how to do the right thing for the wrong reason.

To find out, if mindfulness is right for you, you need to know if your intention is to improve or accept yourself. It makes a world of difference.

Mindfulness is a Western adaptation of a principle that originated in the traditions of Eastern wisdom, such as Zen. This adaptation is the cause of the contradiction I mentioned, with the simple explanation that the practice is used for a different reason. Take a moment to absorb the following:

In the East, practicing the full experience of the present moment is used to overcome the habit of believing that we are the voice in our heads. In the West, practice is used to maintain identification with that voice, but to make it a more pleasant experience.

Which one attracts you the most? And which one appeals most to the voice in your head? If it is the Western approach, there would be no reason not to use mindfulness. Because for personal improvement, it has been shown to work without a doubt.

But, if you move from an oriental point of view, it is not so clear. This is because your mindfulness practice may be the type of non-acceptance or resistance that you are trying to overcome. The beauty of it is this, your effort not to practice mindfulness would be a form of mindfulness. This leads us to the following (paradoxical) conclusion:

Mindfulness is for everyone, although some people may have to practice mindfulness without mindfulness.

There is also no evidence of Eastern Western philosophy, so my advice is to familiarize yourself with both points of view, see what resonates and then decide whether to practice mindfulness. What is true for you is a very good guiding principle, that is one thing I am sure of.

If you are still inclined to participate in mindfulness after looking at the Eastern and Western point of view, you will have a better idea of why to do it. This always makes the experience and the result more satisfying.flat-belly-food

This avoids the very common pitfalls of believing that you must be aware. As you would not be the first to try, for example, to enjoy a sunset while in the background of your mind, you feel that you are only on the scene because it was simply there.

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Comments (4)

  1. Reply

    Hello Thos,

    Interesting article. It does make me think about the Zen Eastern philosophy and Western philosophy and I tend to agree that the East keys in the present moment and the West believing in self-identification. A nicely presented topic. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,

    Courtney-

  2. Reply

    I’m that type of person of have lots of mind chatter even when I’m about to sleep, I could really use the mindfulness technique you describe above to quiet my mind and finally go to sleep. Thank you for the advice !

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