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This perfect gremlin-angel certainly knows a thing or two about getting his best rest.
While we might not all have a life as cozy as Frank, we can shift our headspace. We can get out of our heads and come back to our bodies here too. In the practice of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep, aka sleep meditation) we usually begin by re-establishing that connection. Below is a tiny sample of how to begin the practice. Try it! You might find it helpful to let go of the day behind you, or worries about tomorrow or to give your busy mind a respite. Let me know how it goes!
1. Find a cozy position to lay. Make all of the adjustments you need and get all of your fidgets out. Close your eyes.
2. Listen for the farthest away sound you can hear. No pressure or strain, just listen for a moment. Could be cars outside, a cat running around your house, etc.
3. Let those noises go and now listen for sounds closer- in the same room...perhaps a chihuahua fidgeting next to you, anything in the room.
2. After a moment, let those sounds go and listen for the sound of your breath. Feel for the rise and fall of your chest, belly.
3. Let go of that and continue to breathe normally...and In your mind, now observe all of the places where your body meets the surface underneath you. The connection between you and this surface- just notice.
4. Let go of that visual and silently in your mind, you might repeat such phrases/affirmations such as “I sleep soundly.”
AND/OR, you might thank your body and your mind for all of the hard work they’ve done for you this day. Let them know that you appreciate them and that they can rest now- their moving around and thinking services are appreciated but not needed for the rest of bedtime.
Let me know if you try any part or all of this technique and how it works out! One of my meditation teachers, Yogi Charu in NY taught me the practice of Yoga Nidra as taught by Swami Satyananda and it has been tremendously helpful.