#AtoZChallenge — Dalai Lama

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across. 


 

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Quote image from Lingering Visions.

I occasionally struggle with mild insomnia — yet another thing that runs in my family, woohoo! It’s usually just a matter of not getting my brain to shut up. I try to distract it by reading fanfiction or playing games until I’m tired enough to just conk right out, but that doesn’t always work.

Several years ago, when I found a therapist that I actually liked, she got me into meditation. At one point she ran a small anxiety group that focused on trying out different meditation techniques throughout the week and then discussing how they felt and whether or not they helped with our anxious feelings. It was very cool, and something I keep meaning to get into but somehow never find quite the right headspace to do so.

Anyway, what helps me (when I can remember it) is to lay on my back and relax into some breathing exercises. In four, hold four, out eight. The more I relax the more I begin to sink into my body, sink into the mattress, and consciously let go of whatever tension I’m still holding from the day.

Going to sleep totally is the ultimate meditation.

5 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge — Dalai Lama

    1. Yeah, I thought it would be cool to help signal boost other blog posts this year. Plus it keeps me actually reading instead of merely scrambling to figure out what I should write.

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  1. I suffer from occasional insomnia too. The most relaxing thing for me was to acknowledge that it will happen occasionally and I usually pick up a book and read through it rather than toss and turn all night.

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  2. I love meditation but rarely do it (aren’t we humans silly). I find I am more likely to do a kind of walking meditation- you go out for a walk in nature, and then use some mediate type techniques- you might focus on your breathing, or feeling the earth holding your weight, pressing through your feet, or the feel of the air, the colour of the trees etc

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