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Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, I'm going to share a simple practice you can do before sleep to help deepen your sleep. This will be a modified version of the body scan, which you're most likely already familiar with, where we bring attention to different parts of the body as a mindfulness practice. In this body scan though, as we bring attention to different parts of the body, we're actually going to invite those parts of the body to turn off for the evening. A lot of times, the thing that prevents us from falling asleep is extra agitation and buzzing in the body.

And sometimes these different parts of our body need the intentional invitation to let go. The body is trying to help us and sometimes it's still thinks it needs to be on, even when we don't need it anymore. And it's not like our body is turning off entirely for the night, but we don't need it in the same way that we would if we were at work or sitting down or walking or moving. So what this practice involves is bringing your attention, starting at the feet in the same way you would with a body scan. But as you're bringing your attention there, you take a deep breath.

And then you just say to that part of the body, turning off. And you can even visualize the part of the body going from light into darkness, almost like a light switch. The light bulb turning on, and then turning off. And you do that up to the calves and shins, the knees, the thighs, the pelvis, all the way to the top of the head. It's something that you can do over the course of 30 seconds or five minutes, 10 minutes or longer, if you want.

But just move through each part of the body, giving it the intentional invitation to turn off for the evening, combine that with a deep breath and the visualization of that body part turning off. And you should find that allows the body to let go of some of that extra agitation that it's holding onto and settle into a deeper state of calm as you transition into deep sleep. Worth trying out. Thank you for your practice. And I'll talk to you soon.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

Cory Muscara

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Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, I'm going to share a simple practice you can do before sleep to help deepen your sleep. This will be a modified version of the body scan, which you're most likely already familiar with, where we bring attention to different parts of the body as a mindfulness practice. In this body scan though, as we bring attention to different parts of the body, we're actually going to invite those parts of the body to turn off for the evening. A lot of times, the thing that prevents us from falling asleep is extra agitation and buzzing in the body.

And sometimes these different parts of our body need the intentional invitation to let go. The body is trying to help us and sometimes it's still thinks it needs to be on, even when we don't need it anymore. And it's not like our body is turning off entirely for the night, but we don't need it in the same way that we would if we were at work or sitting down or walking or moving. So what this practice involves is bringing your attention, starting at the feet in the same way you would with a body scan. But as you're bringing your attention there, you take a deep breath.

And then you just say to that part of the body, turning off. And you can even visualize the part of the body going from light into darkness, almost like a light switch. The light bulb turning on, and then turning off. And you do that up to the calves and shins, the knees, the thighs, the pelvis, all the way to the top of the head. It's something that you can do over the course of 30 seconds or five minutes, 10 minutes or longer, if you want.

But just move through each part of the body, giving it the intentional invitation to turn off for the evening, combine that with a deep breath and the visualization of that body part turning off. And you should find that allows the body to let go of some of that extra agitation that it's holding onto and settle into a deeper state of calm as you transition into deep sleep. Worth trying out. Thank you for your practice. And I'll talk to you soon.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

Cory Muscara

4.7

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