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Turning Off the Body

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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Turning Off the Body

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Hey, welcome back to Day Five of

our Seven Day Sleep Challenge.

You're making it through.


We've explored a lot of different

practices to help you transition to sleep.

And in today's session, we're going

to explore how to help calm the

body to facilitate a more calm mind.

Now a lot of times, when our mind is

agitated, we try to calm it down by

specifically focusing on the mind,

redirecting the attention, changing

the thoughts, or something like that.

And this can be useful, but a lot

of times the activity in the mind

is coming from activity in the body.

On some level, we're agitated or

we have unprocessed emotions or

there's just a lot of energy still

moving through our body from the day.

And interestingly, as the

body starts to calm down, the

mind tends to follow as well.

And so what we're going to explore

in this medita,tion at least in

the beginning stages of it, is

actually not worrying about the mind.

But instead, bringing our attention

into the body and going through the

various body parts from our toes

all the way to the top of our head.

And noticing ,is there anywhere in the

body that's still agitated, activated?

Maybe even beneath your

conscious awareness.

And then what would it be like to

invite those areas to soften, to let go.

Interestingly enough, the body

sometimes needs this permission.

We might get caught up in thinking,

oh, I'm not using my body right now.

I'm sleeping.

So, of course, the body

wouldn't be agitated.

Well, there's a lot that

happens throughout the day and

the body sometimes needs to be

told, Hey, it's okay to let go.

We're not doing anything right now.

You can shut down for the evening.

So we're going to practice just going

through each body part in this way.

Sometimes when we are tuning into the

body, it can activate certain emotions.

And so if that happens, if you get

to a particular region of the body,

feels like it's bringing up a lot of

energy, it's okay to just stay away

from those parts of the body for now.

You can focus on something else, or

if being in the body at all creates

some distress or anxiety, you can

do one of the other meditations or

just bring your attention into the

coziness of being under your covers.

And any time that there's instruction

to feel a particular part of your body

and relax it, you just come back to

feeling that coziness that much more.

Congratulations on making it to Day five.

You're doing great.

And let's get started

with tonight's meditation.

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