Lack of sleep is only bad if you have to drive,
No matter who you are, how old you are, where you live, what you do in your life, we all have one thing in common ... we need sleep!
But for some sleep, or good quality sleep seems to be elusive.
For me sleep is critical, as is my daily nap lol, and I am pretty useless when I don't get enough sleep ... bring on the giant cup of tea please.
When I don't get enough sleep I tend to be fused by caffeine and sugar ... not good, and not supportive of continued good sleep.
Before we get into all of the nitty gritty about how to improve your sleep, we need to first look at some sleep facts ...
For our last less traditional meditation we are going to look at a wandering meditation. Make sure that you also check out the art and tea meditation posts while you are here.
Some of you might be familiar with the concept of forest bathing, if you are this will feel similar to you ... but a little bit different as well.
For a simple wandering meditation you can go anywhere ... a forest, meadow, garden, park, your neighbourhood, anywhere you have space to move around and maybe a little quiet as well.
The key to this type of meditation is moving slowly ... this is not a race ... this is a slow meander ... an aimless wander.
Continuing my series of blogs highlighting non-traditional meditations, let's look at a tea meditation.
Tea is a drink that has been enjoyed in various forms since as early as 3rd century AD in China, however most of us mindlessly make and drink it.
We have lost the ritual and the sacredness of enjoying a perfect cup of tea from start to finish.
I know that I am bad for making a cup and then walking away, relying on my family to jump when the timer goes off ... yes I set a timer when I brew a cup of tea lol ... or reheating a cup over and over because I have gotten distracted with another task and waked away from a cup completely.
All is not lost though ... what if we brought back the ritual, the mindfulness, the sacredness of a beautiful cup of tea ... what if we tried a tea meditation, even if it is only with one cup a day? What if we slowed down and enjoyed the process from start to finish, from a meditative sense?
Set up for Meditation Success
Before we delve into all of the wonderful ways to meditate, I think we need to hit pause for a minute ... step back ... and look at how to set yourself up for meditation success right from the start.
Let's imagine, just for a second ... sitting down in the middle of Main St USA Disney World just after the evening fireworks have ended, the park is approaching close, and you are trying to meditate for the very first time ... no tools ... no recording ... no guidance ... just you sitting.
Now if you have been in Disney World after the fireworks, you know that it is full of people, literally shoulder to shoulder people. It's loud, overcrowded, and not at all peaceful ... not at all the place to try meditation.
So instead of setting yourself up for meditation not to work ...
let's set you up so that it can
Troubleshooting your meditation challenges
Ok ... so you have put some thought into planning for success, and you have some ideas for troubleshooting common meditation challenges ... what's next?
Try different forms until you find one you love ... or until you come up with a collection of ideas that all work for you and give you options.
In the coming weeks I will be sharing ideas for different ways to meditate, I hope you will follow along with me on a journey to embracing meditation.
Brien-anne RMT, CA
I am passionate not only about Massage Therapy & Aromatherapy, but also living a holistic lifestyle and empowering & inspiring others to do the same!