Here’s a short guided meditation to help you fall asleep. Curing insomnia is not the primary intention of mindfulness meditation but the gentle act of focusing on the breath can be very calming. It’s common to see people doze off. Hope this helps. Sleep well!
Here’s Episode 2, guided meditation on meeting anxiety as and when it arises, followed by a poetry read Vast Blue Sky. Hopefully this is not too rushed and gives you a sense of groundedness. You may continue to sit in silence after the recording ends. Enjoy!
The mind gets caught up in thinking and mental chatter. What if we paid particular attention to the silence, the pauses between thoughts? Like noticing the white, not just the black. Noticing calm, not just the chaos. Noticing the little pleasures in life, not just the problems.
This practice of Hearing The Silence is inspired by a session with MBCT teacher Trish Bartley. She referred to one of her favourite conductors, the late Claudio Abbado who when asked what was his favourite part, he said, “The silence that comes after the music.” Indeed.