I’ve decided to do a Q&A post each month, beginning today, to answer some of your questions about mindfulness. So if you have one, then post it in the comments box and I’ll reply as soon as I can. I’ll start the ball rolling by answering a question which I’m often asked:
Q – “Can meditation help me to sleep better?”
A – One of the first meditations that you learn as a beginner in mindfulness class is the Body Scan Meditation. The first time I ever did this in a class, people were falling asleep and snoring. Although I didn’t fall asleep during the actual class, when I did the guided meditation at home, before bed, I didn’t ever get to the end of it, at first. Why not? Because it released the tensions that I had in my body and stilled my mind.
When we go to bed, very often we are still tense from the events of the day, with worries scurrying around our minds. The Body Scan Meditation very gently gets us to focus on each part of our body, becoming aware of any sensations, warmth, pain and tension. The breath can then be used to release that tension. The Scan begins either at the toes, moving up to the head, or vice-versa. I find it an extremely powerful tool and it has been proven to help people who suffer from insomnia.
If you’d like to have a go, then I recommend the following guided meditation by Jennifer Piercy. Guided Meditation for Sleep
Let me know how you get on!