My sleep schedule was terrible, don’t we all have? I honestly wanted to fix it up cause it was hampering my day work and I was not cool with that. Through the books I read and the articles I checked online, I knew meditation could help to fix sleep. But like any procrastinator, I was delaying properly starting with it.
Then one morning as I was reading the “ 8 rules of love” by Jay Shetty, I came across the page where he talks about how to meditate. I thought to give it a try at that very moment without thinking much and honestly, I felt a little sleepy but I could feel a little relief as well.
I had already checked how to meditate many times on the internet and I was sure there was no strict rule for it so I decided to challenge myself to do meditation for a whole 1 month for 7 minutes. Last month July was meditation month for me, After completing it I thought it would be great to put some of the conclusions of this challenge here if you want to start meditation and are still in dilemma.
- The answer to the question does it help would be Yes, it does help.
- Still, it depends on lots of other things as well.
- Keep patience.
- You won’t feel much changes on the very first day that’s why keep patience.
- You won’t have to sit for a longer time, just start with 1 minute.
- As there is no rule, you can sit anywhere, on the bed, on the chair, or on the yoga mat. Any place that makes you comfortable.
- I found it easy and most helpful cause it doesn’t ask you for any money just some minutes of your life.
You must have noticed I have written the article backward, that’s because I was excited to show you how helpful it can be.
3 biggest changes that I have noticed in my life
- Initially, my mind was clouded with lots of procrastinated pending work which could have taken merely some hours to finish.
- Now I have noticed that the cloud has gradually vanished. If I make plans and I finish it too. The biggest example is this blog.
- I was terrified of deep sleep for I don’t know how many years. Even If I ever fell into a deep sleep I always used to wake up terrified.
- After meditation that has really changed, though I am still struggling with the sleep of standard 6-7 hours but now at least if I sleep for 4 hours I sleep peacefully. I so needed that.
- I was scared of almost everything for the past 3 years.
- By everything, I mean applying for jobs, being a bad developer, being unemployed, and others. I am sure meditation has helped me in clearing my mind cause I have started accepting my flaws and I feel lots of encouragement to get out of my comfort zone and try again.
A night of good sleep will always keep your mind healthy right?
How I meditate and You too can?
There is no right and wrong in meditation, so see what steps make you comfortable and just follow those steps. These are the steps I follow cause it works for me.
1. Choosing a Good Time
- Morning is a good time for me, cause as I wake up I have thousands of things running into my head. Not working a company job definitely comes with this discomfort cause I am constantly trying to see what will work for me and what not.
- I tried meditating at night, and it was so peaceful that I couldn’t sleep. You see I need a little bit of chaos in my head, a little kick to wake up for.
2. The duration
- Honestly, when I started, I meditated for 1 minute, cause I was feeling so sleepy.
- The point of meditation is to bring your body and mind in sync. It doesn’t matter how long you meditate. What matters is how regular you are with it.
- Start slow, 1 Minute is not bad. I meditate for 7 minutes in the morning now, and for around 3.5 minutes whenever I feel anxious.
3. The place
- the best place to start meditating would be a place where you can sit comfortably for minutes. (not on the shit pot 😛)
- sofa, chair, yoga mat even on the car seat. Somewhere outside would be the best, but you can choose any place.
- I chose the corner of the bed cause I can sit there in the lotus position.
- Now take a deep breath, exhale it, close your eyes, and sit in whatever position you want.
- You can open your palm or you can keep it close, it depends on you.
- I keep it open
4. The mantra
- There is no exclusive mantra for meditation but people often use “Om”.
- I too use “Om” only one time when I close my eyes and then I go silent.
- You can chant anything or any words that comfort you.
- You can also choose not to say anything, just nothing.
- Visualizing something i.e. a scene from your favorite movie, the face of god, or maybe the face of your loved ones, helps you to keep the other thoughts out of your mind.
- Try to concentrate on that visual image, again it will take time but you will be able to do it.
- I visualize the faces of my parents happy and smiling, sometimes I also try to concentrate on the face of “Mahadev”.
- Then I concentrate on the sound coming from my surroundings, not my inner thoughts.
- Then when my 7-minute timer is up I slowly open my eyes and sit in the same position for an extra 1 minute.
See this is simple right? These are just guides that you can use when you are starting up, once you are in practice you will be able to make your guide.
Happy Meditating 🙂