Mindfulness for sleep
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- This course will give you the opportunity to learn mindfulness techniques, to help you sleep.
- Mindfulness is about living in the here and now, not in the past or in the future.
- 14 days of mindfulness for sleep with bite size lessons and exercises to practice throughout the day.
- Learn about the 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness.
- Meditations to download and use for life.
- Lifetime access to this course.
- Topics - Beginner Minds, Meditation, Gratitude, Non Judgmental, Positive Thinking, Thoughts and Emotions, Acceptance, Letting Go, Worry Time, Patients and the 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness.
- No prior Knowledge is needed for this course.
Mindfulness and meditation is great way to help you relax and improve your sleep. Learn how to practice mindfulness within your day to day life. This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their sleep. It will allow you to learn about mindfulness for sleep in under 20 minutes a day for 14 days. Learn strategies that explore fun and engaging mind, body, and breath activities to reduce stress and promote health and wellness and promotes sleep.
- This course is open to everyone that want to learn and practice how to incorporate mindfulness to help with their sleep.
Meditation: An Act of Love
By Bob Sharples
Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself.
In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough.
It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot.
Instead there is now meditation as an act of love.
How endlessly delightful and encouraging.
The Two Arrows
Mindfulness in Eight Weeks by Michael Chaskalson
In ancient times, arrows were used in hunting and also as weapons of war. If you were struck by one of them, you really felt it. Taking that as an analogy, the very early practitioners of mindfulness spoke of two arrows – the first one is physical and the second one is mental.
When the unmindful person is struck by an arrow, he or she is then very rapidly struck by a second arrow.
Imagine you’re on a battlefield and you’re hit by an arrow. That hurts! But then very rapidly another arrow comes flying in as your mind get going. “Why does this sort of thing happen to me?” “What’s going to happen now?” “How am I ever going to recover?” “I knew I should have never come to this battlefield“.” “I should have done better training!” On and on – your mind rapidly produces further arrows that add to the pain of the first one.
When the mindful person is struck by an arrow, they said in ancient times, they feel the pain of the arrow – and it stops there.
The first arrow represents the suffering that comes to all of us just from being human. Often, we don’t get what we want instead get want we don’t want. And even when we do get what we want, it’s impossible to hold on to it forever. That’s part of being human. But the way in which we usually deal with the pain and difficultly that comes our way causes us to be struck by the second, third, fourth and fifth arrows – and all of these are self-generated.
With mindfulness training you learn to stop doing that quite so much. By holding what is painful and uncomfortable in the space of mindful attention, the reactive process of Adding further levels of pain to existing pain comes to a stop.
One of the core skills of mindfulness is learning to replace unconscious stress-reactions with conscious stress-reactions. Being aware, accepting the situation
7 Attitudes of Mindfulness Meditation Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabit-Zinn (1990) described seven attitudes that underpin Mindfulness practice, which are both the stance we bring to the practice and a consequence of it. The qualities are listed below:
3. Beginner’s Mind
7. Letting go
Impartial witnessing, observing your evaluations and categorizations
Noticing the automatic habit of labeling everything we experience as good, bad, or neutral.
The habit of judging locks us into mechanical reactions that we are not even aware of and often has little objective basis. By becoming aware of your judgments you can choose actions and behaviors more consciously rather than automatically reacting to situations in your environment.
This principle will be useful as you start to engage in new mindfulness practices that your mind may judge as boring or a waste of time.
Allowing things to unfold in their time, bringing patience to ourselves and others
This is an understanding that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.
This principle reminds you to be patient with yourself as your mind is stretched in new ways
Patience is a helpful quality to invoke when the mind is agitated. To be patient is to be open to each moment as it unfolds knowing that like the butterfly that some things can only unfold in their own time. So when starting out your mindfulness practice or anything else please stick through whatever takes place trusting that some things will make more sense after you have practiced them for a while.
Willing to see things as if for the first time. We let our beliefs about a situation prevent us from seeing things as they really are. No moment is the same as any other. Beginner’s mind allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and prevents us from getting stuck in our mind, which often thinks it knows more than it actually does.
Try to cultivate your own beginner’s mind as an experiment. The next time you see someone familiar notice if you are seeing the person with fresh eyes or through the lens of your beliefs about that person. If you encounter a new activity you need to do for this course, notice if you are open to trying it out fully or have you already decided before doing it that you don’t like it. When you are out walking, see if you are noticing things you had overlooked before. Developing beginner’s mind opens you to possibilities in life you may be missing out on because you are viewing everything through the lens shaped by past experience that is not aware of what else there is to learn and explore.
Developing trust in your feelings and yourself is an integral part of the mindfulness practice.
The act of trusting yourself and your basic wisdom is an important aspect of the mindfulness training. If you are feeling strongly about something it is important to attend to that rather than ignore because an outside authority is telling you to do so.
Mindfulness is an objective process of inquiry and accepting what people of ‘authority’ tell you without questioning the validity of it for yourself is against the basic premise of mindfulness.
It is important to stay open and learn from other sources but ultimately you have to live your life and make your choices that feel right to you.
It is almost easier to trust external authorities to tell us how to live our lives. Mindfulness involves practicing trusting your own feelings and that doesn’t mean you react based upon all your feelings but that you explore any feelings that show up fully to see what they are telling you about a situation and then you trust yourself to come up with the right action.
Non-goal oriented, remaining unattached to outcome or achievement
Even though everyone undertaking mindfulness practice has some goals intentions while they are taking their training, at the time of mindfulness practice itself, simply do the practice without any expectations.
When you set expectations such as feeling more relaxed, you are introducing conditions that don’t allow you to be fully present with what is, because you are trying to change the present to be something else. If you are trying to change the present then you are not being with what is, which is what the mindfulness training is.
Remember to allow anything and everything that you experience from moment to moment to be there, because it already is. If you are tensed, just pay attention to the tension. If you are criticizing yourself, just observe the activity of the judging mind.
Non-striving may be the most difficult of all the principles because in our culture we are taught to be goal-oriented and to be constantly doing something in order to reach our goals. In mindfulness you will reach your goals by not trying to change the present but by being present to whatever arises, and in that way you will find that the goals are ultimately reached. This is perhaps something you will need to experience for yourself to really understand.
Open to seeing and acknowledging things as they are. It does not mean approval or resignation.
Acceptance is the willingness to see things as they really are. Acceptance does not mean that you have to be satisfied with the way things are or that you don’t do anything to change what you don’t like.
When you have the ability to see things as they are you free up energy to take the appropriate actions instead of working with a mind that is clouded by denial, prejudices, fears, and self-judgments.
Accepting life as it is without wishing it was any different. Stop wishing your life away.
Non-attachment and the ability to put aside the tendency to elevate some aspects of our experience and to reject others
Letting go is a way of letting things be, of accepting things as they are.
When you observe your mind grasping or pushing away, you can remind yourself to let go of the impulse to grasp or push away and see what happens.
If you can’t let go, try the opposite, of really holding on and seeing what that feels like. By looking at how you hold on you will learn how to let go.
Letting go is something you naturally do when you sleep. If you have trouble sleeping then it could be because you are not able to let go.
Letting go of the past and just enjoying the present.
By Kaveri Patel
Dear you,You who always have
so many things to do
so many places to be
your mind spinning like
fan blades at high speed
each moment always a blur
because you’re never still.
I know you’re tired.
I also know it’s not your fault.
The constant brain-buzz is like
a swarm of bees threatening
to sting if you close your eyes.
You’ve forgotten something again.
You need to prepare for that or else.
You should have done that differently.
What if you closed your eyes?
Would the world fall apart without you?
Or would your mind become the open sky
flock of thoughts
flying across the sunrise
as you just watched and smiled.