Using your breath to prepare the body for sleep is one of the best tools you can learn.
Your breath is always with you, and so these techniques are always available for you to calm down, release stress and quiet the mind.
Exercises #1 and #2 are good if you feel restless, have a busy mind, a lot of stress or feeling upset.
They help to clear out the old energy and bring in fresh, quiet energy.
Repeat several times.
Repeat (ie, after step 9, go back to step 4)
Cycle like this for several minutes. Keep the breath slow and easy. It is a powerful way to clarify your mind and let go of agitation, overthinking and exhaustion.
You may need to follow with one of the next exercises to settle and calm in order to sleep.
If left-handed, you can use the left hand if that’s more comfortable, starting with the left nostril.
The next three exercises use less movement and more stillness.
If you normally can’t sit still for any kind of meditation, just do exercise #1 above for several weeks.
If you’re normally OK to sit still but feel restless or agitated one day, you can use #1 or #2 above to calm down, then do one of these quieter ones to really settle deeply.
Why not go ahead and try all of them – then use the ones that work best for you.
(This exercise is taken from Hunyuan Xinfa meditation, see full practice here, starts at 21:30 – https://www.youtube.com/embed/UXzlrXF3Xg8)
Sleep problems? Chinese medicine has many solutions for difficult sleep. We differentiate our treatment according to the type of sleep issue, and each type has its own remedy. For example:
If you have these, or any other sleep issues, please get in touch to find out how we can help.