Falling Asleep During Meditation?
Hello Newsletter Family!
Our new meditation series “Opening the Heart Center Part 2” should be released on June 26th, on Insight Timer. We were hoping for it to be released this week, but they already had another series scheduled for this week. Once they’ve released ours, I will make the announcement on social media.
And speaking of social media…. I deleted my old Instagram account and opened a new one. This was a thought-out move on my part. And although I very briefly describe why I deleted the old account in my first post, I may go into further explanation in an upcoming newsletter. There are various layers to my decision and involve social media as a whole.
But I look forward to continuing the photos, life moments and thoughts with my new account @michelle_zarrin
Now for the topic of today’s newsletter….
In this week’s video, I talk to you about what to do if you find yourself falling asleep during your meditation sitting.
There are certain meditations that are geared for sleep; and that is not what I am going to be addressing in this video/newsletter. What I want to address is when you are in a morning or afternoon meditation sitting and you find yourself falling asleep or becoming very restless – but you were not tired before the sitting.
Meditation is a form of relaxation because it changes our brain waves. But we are not to be so relaxed that we fall asleep. We are supposed to be in that state of relaxation while maintaining the alertness and the focus of our minds.
So if you find yourself falling asleep consecutively during your meditation sitting – and you were not tired before the sitting – what is happening is the ego part of your mind is coming in to hold you back from moving deeper within yourself.
When you realize that you’re about to fall asleep, start taking deep conscious breaths.
Allow the breaths to go deep into your lungs – expand your lungs – and bring oxygen into your body and also your mind. Continue doing this until you feel you’ve maintained that level of alertness again.
Then, release the deep breathing and go back to observing the natural inflow and outflow of your breath.
With meditation, we are not supposed to control our breath. I know there are some meditations that have you count your breath, but ultimately you want to get yourself to a point where you’re not counting or controlling anything… You are simply observing the natural inflow and outflow of your breath.
What we do in our meditation sitting we carry into our external life as well. And one of the major points of meditation is to observe the natural unfolding and to not control anything.
It is the one part of our day where we just BE.
So, if you find yourself falling asleep and you want to bring your awareness back, start taking deep conscious breaths. And if you find that you need to do this more than one time during a particular sitting, continue doing it. Break through the mind-made fatigue and the ego-blocks.
This will allow you to move deeper into your Self.
And always remember to come back to the natural observation of the inflow and outflow of your breath – unless a specific meditation is asking you to focus differently, for a particular reason.
Also, it is highly recommended to meditate while sitting up versus laying down – unless there is a physical reason why you must lay down. The reason for this is the mind associates laying down with sleeping.
If you are in your meditation sitting and you are moving into that state of relaxation… And you are also laying down, then it will be more difficult to maintain the focus and alertness of your mind. You will naturally want to fall asleep because that’s what the mind associates laying down with.
It’s all about the balance of relaxation and alertness.
And it also about recognizing if the ego part of your mind has come in to hold you back from moving deeper within yourself, such as yawning fits or restlessness or fatigue. Gently move past the ego with the power of your breath.
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I wish each of you a beautiful week!