Sunday, November 03, 2019

Stop Your World for a While With Mindful Meditation. A Review.

Are you feeling that your brain is in overload? Finding it difficult to relax? Tossing and turning at night, thoughts crowding your head? This was me.

It felt as if had been a long time since I had totally relaxed and had sound sleep. I had tried all the recommended ways of gettting to sleep - a warm, milky drink, turning off tv and technology an hour before bedtime, keeping my bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Nothing worked. I resorted to over-the-counter sleeping pills on nights when I was feeling desperate. But they made me feel quite groggy in the morning and are not a good long-term solution. The more tired I was, the more I became stressed and bad at decision-making. Was my brain showing signs of ageing? I am about to have my seventy-second birthday.Something had to be done. So I have been trying mindful meditation.

Meditation takes practice and perseverance. Initially, I found it difficult to release tension from my muscles and quieten my brain. . I needed some guidance so I checked out a few uTube channels. I've had a few sessions with Michael Sealey self-hypnosis and with relaxing sounds for bedtime. I particularly like the Mindful Movement guides and for three weeks have been practicing with them for around twenty minutes every morning and at bedtime. Repetition is the way to improvement. I'm getting there. My sleep is definitely improving, evidenced by my Fitbit readings, and I am more motivated and focused on what I want to achieve during my days.

If you are feeling the need to step back from the turmoil of daily life, smell the roses, I suggest you try mindful meditation for a couple of weeks. I found it as restful as a short holiday once I got into a routine. Let me know how you get on.

P.S. Another good focus for mindful thoughts is the didactic poem,Desiderata.
 (The link takes you to my Owlcation article about the poem).