Meditation and Sleep; Similar yet Different!
With years passing by, you find yourself devoting less time on sleep; could be because of anxiety or tension or maybe because of hectic schedules at work.
Generally you notice that every time you plan to sleep,you’re not able to. Because your mind is not at peace.
If that’s exactly what your nights seem to be; then you aren’t alone.
Worries like Work life, relationships, health, finances, family, future etc make you feel anxious and worrisome and thus result in sleepless nights.
While down the line, you know worry won’t be able to solve your problems, but your mind doesn’t settle at peace.
So what do you do in this situation? Give up on life?
I would suggest you to walk on the path of Meditation.
While you may think that both lead to the same path; ie to bring you to a state of rest,then why start meditating? But remember meditation holds a deeper impact over sleep.
- Free your mind-
Although sleep and meditation both refresh the mind but meditation sets you free from all sorts of worries. So when you’re not at peace and have little time, meditation is your way to go.
- Energy supplies-
The amount of energy you get via meditation is enormous compared to sleep. It relaxes your mind and rejuvenates your mind and soul. You feel more energetic towards life and are able to take up new challenges with more vigor. This is something sleep is deprived of.
- Rest and peace-
Often we deal with situations when we just aren’t able to achieve the ideal sleep ie 6-8 hours daily. What happens then? The body experiences stress and imbalance. In order to prevent that, taking out 10-20 mins for meditation won’t cost much but would provide you with peace of mind and a relaxed body. If you don’t think it holds true, try it out yourself!
While sleep would help you relax your body, meditation helps in making your mind more alert to the surroundings. Does not mean that if you start meditating, you won’t be able to sleep peacefully, but simply that when you’re working, you are more vigilant and alert about the happenings and thus are able to focus more on the work and be of more productivity.
- Body and soul-
Sleeping helps your body to relax by providing the essential rest but what relaxes your soul is meditation. It calms you down.
How often should you meditate?
While there isn’t any set rule that you need to follow for meditation but most often its advised to meditate once in a day. This would help you rejuvenate your body and soul and thus would better your productivity towards your work.
So the next time you feel like the world is gonna end for you or you’ll soon die of the work pressure, instead of contacting a friend or two, choose to meditate for a relaxed body and soul.
Happy soul, happy life!
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