For years I've struggled with sleeping due to my inability to calm my mind. I've laid restlessly awake for nights on end even when nothing truly troubling was happening in my life. I tried numerous things to help my body & mind ease into sleep easier, but the results were always ineffective. Over the past few months, I've been actively trying to practice mindfulness and to do daily meditation. While I can't say that I am particularly great at either of the two, I can say with confidence that taking these steps has helped to awaken a sense of calm & zen that I have long desired. Since starting to practice mindfulness & daily meditation I've found my mind to be more accepting of the "clutter" and to accept that thoughts that pop into my head for what they are. With acknowledgment of the thought, I am better able to address and dismiss it, allowing me to focus on the present. This way of being has not only improved my outlook on daily life, but it is given me the ability to relax my mind at the end up the night, which is a major win in my book.
If you're new to meditation, I'd recommend checking out this list of beginner books to inspire you and to read this list of 20 practical tips for quieting the mind. While everyone meditates differently, I've found that laying down to meditate is way more effective for me than sitting upright. It allows my body to relax, helping me focus less of how terrible my posture is. I also use this app, calm, to do guided meditation when I need a little extra help focusing. Do any of you practice mediation? I'd love to hear some of your tips & experiences.
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