5 Mindful Ways to Prepare Your Body and Soul for SleepNone None
If your nighttime ritual involves pushing aside your laptop on the bed before rolling over, or scrolling through your social media feed through heavy-lidded eyes, you may find that it takes awhile before your mind can settle into a peaceful state for restful sleep. Sometimes, a simple reflection or meditation is the best way to achieve a lasting calm that will carry you through the night. In his new book, A Mindful Evening, Dr. David Dillard-Wright shares over 200 mindful exercises to help you end the day with clarity and tranquility. We chose five to share with you below—you can focus on a different one each night.
Winding Down Worry
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." —Corrie ten Boom, Holocaust resister
As if the burdens of life were not enough, the mind makes them heavier and more difficult by dwelling on them excessively. Temporary problems come to seem like permanent features of reality. The fleeting difficulty becomes insurmountable. The mind is skilled at detecting threats, but this feature of the mind is not easily unwound or put on pause. The human mind, a product of our hunter-gatherer ancestry, is geared toward survival, but most of us would like more out of life than just survival. We want to thrive, to grow into new challenges and experiences.
Halve your burdens by concentrating on the breath. Breathing deeply and steadily, with a tranquil mind, develops equipoise and calm. This evening, as you draw closer to your rest, let each passing moment draw you deeper into peace. Know that whatever has captured your mind will not last. Everything changes; everything passes away. By the time you close your eyes to sleep, you will have complete contentment. The morning will bring a fresh mindset and creative solutions to all of your difficulties.
You Are More Free Than You Think
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." —Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States
Most of the time our dissatisfaction comes from shortchanging ourselves. We give lots of effort to the things we don’t really care about but little effort to the things we care about the most. Some would say that where we spend our time and money reflects our true values, but I don