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Turning Off the Body

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Hey, welcome back to Day Five of our Seven Day Sleep Challenge. You're making it through. Bravo. We've explored a lot of different practices to help you transition to sleep. And in today's session, we're going to explore how to help calm the body to facilitate a more calm mind.

Now a lot of times, when our mind is agitated, we try to calm it down by specifically focusing on the mind, redirecting the attention, changing the thoughts, or something like that. And this can be useful, but a lot of times the activity in the mind is coming from activity in the body. On some level, we're agitated or we have unprocessed emotions or there's just a lot of energy still moving through our body from the day. And interestingly, as the body starts to calm down, the mind tends to follow as well. And so what we're going to explore in this medita,tion at least in the beginning stages of it, is actually not worrying about the mind.

But instead, bringing our attention into the body and going through the various body parts from our toes all the way to the top of our head. And noticing ,is there anywhere in the body that's still agitated, activated? Maybe even beneath your conscious awareness. And then what would it be like to invite those areas to soften, to let go. Interestingly enough, the body sometimes needs this permission. We might get caught up in thinking, oh, I'm not using my body right now.

I'm sleeping. So, of course, the body wouldn't be agitated. Well, there's a lot that happens throughout the day and the body sometimes needs to be told, Hey, it's okay to let go. We're not doing anything right now. You can shut down for the evening.

So we're going to practice just going through each body part in this way. Sometimes when we are tuning into the body, it can activate certain emotions. And so if that happens, if you get to a particular region of the body, feels like it's bringing up a lot of energy, it's okay to just stay away from those parts of the body for now. You can focus on something else, or if being in the body at all creates some distress or anxiety, you can do one of the other meditations or just bring your attention into the coziness of being under your covers. And any time that there's instruction to feel a particular part of your body and relax it, you just come back to feeling that coziness that much more.

Congratulations on making it to Day five. You're doing great. And let's get started with tonight's meditation.

Cory Muscara

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Turning Off the Body

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Your default time is based on your progress and is changed automatically as you practice.

Hey, welcome back to Day Five of our Seven Day Sleep Challenge. You're making it through. Bravo. We've explored a lot of different practices to help you transition to sleep. And in today's session, we're going to explore how to help calm the body to facilitate a more calm mind.

Now a lot of times, when our mind is agitated, we try to calm it down by specifically focusing on the mind, redirecting the attention, changing the thoughts, or something like that. And this can be useful, but a lot of times the activity in the mind is coming from activity in the body. On some level, we're agitated or we have unprocessed emotions or there's just a lot of energy still moving through our body from the day. And interestingly, as the body starts to calm down, the mind tends to follow as well. And so what we're going to explore in this medita,tion at least in the beginning stages of it, is actually not worrying about the mind.

But instead, bringing our attention into the body and going through the various body parts from our toes all the way to the top of our head. And noticing ,is there anywhere in the body that's still agitated, activated? Maybe even beneath your conscious awareness. And then what would it be like to invite those areas to soften, to let go. Interestingly enough, the body sometimes needs this permission. We might get caught up in thinking, oh, I'm not using my body right now.

I'm sleeping. So, of course, the body wouldn't be agitated. Well, there's a lot that happens throughout the day and the body sometimes needs to be told, Hey, it's okay to let go. We're not doing anything right now. You can shut down for the evening.

So we're going to practice just going through each body part in this way. Sometimes when we are tuning into the body, it can activate certain emotions. And so if that happens, if you get to a particular region of the body, feels like it's bringing up a lot of energy, it's okay to just stay away from those parts of the body for now. You can focus on something else, or if being in the body at all creates some distress or anxiety, you can do one of the other meditations or just bring your attention into the coziness of being under your covers. And any time that there's instruction to feel a particular part of your body and relax it, you just come back to feeling that coziness that much more.

Congratulations on making it to Day five. You're doing great. And let's get started with tonight's meditation.

Cory Muscara

4.5

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