Self Care

Do You Know How to Turn Off Your Mind?

If you are like most of us human beings, you have what is known in Buddhist circles as a “monkey mind,” a mind that never keeps still, where the thoughts are chattering away ceaselessly and jumping around all over the place, just like a monkey!

Mischievous, wild, clever, and unpredictable! However, do you know how to turn off your mind? Most of us don’t but more and more we are finding our way to the tools that can bring us a sense of inner peace and calm.

The yogis of India have known about these tools for five thousand years of course, but western society is catching up to them. The art of alternate nostril breathing is an ancient yogic technique, which calms the mind, detoxifies the emotions, energizes the mind, and brings about a feeling of calm alertness.

Even just a few minutes of this breathing exercise can have very positive results, so you can do it on your work break, or on public transport, on a park bench or in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading

Meditation Before Bed? Is this a Good Idea?

Contrary to what many people believe in, meditation is not praying. Praying is conversing with God and meditation is more on focusing on something to achieve a calm state of mind. The latter is especially beneficial for people who have a hard time falling and staying asleep. How so? For starters, regular meditation (even if it’s just 30 minutes per day) can convert poor-quality sleep into a deeper, more refreshing sleep. Many people who meditate before going to sleep say that they always wake up feeling more energized.

Additionally, meditating before bedtime allows you to sleep through the night and spend longer time in REM sleep. This stage of sleep is crucial to the mental capacity of the brain. If you are REM sleep deprived, you will retain less information.

Meditation can also help those who are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Several studies show that CFS patients have a deficiency of slow-wave sleep. By engaging in deep meditation, you are getting a heightened Theta and Delta activity in your brain. This activity is said to compensate for the lost time in the Delta state while you sleep. Continue reading

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