You can’t change what you haven’t realized yet. Once you realize what you were asleep to, the change happens on its own.”
– Byron Katie
This is a practice that i have found pretty interesting and i wanted to share. I call it the “Bedtime Comfort Challenge.”
Basically when you go to bed each night, you ask yourself: “What can I do to be even more comfortable than i am right now?”
If you listen to your body closely you will always find more and more things you can do to feel even more comfortable. It could mean changing positions, or spreading your legs a little more, or noticing your jaw is tense and relaxing it, or relaxing your forehead, or moving your arm a little more to the left, or shifting a boob… You get the picture. You ask yourself that question again and again and act accordingly until you are so comfortable that you are practically melting into the mattress.
If you repeat this process on a regular basis, you’ll benefit in 4 ways:
1) You practice bringing yourself into the NOW. In those moments, you are not lost in thought, reviewing the previous day or worrying about the next one, you are here and now, in this bed, in this moment.
2) You start training yourself to bring your awareness down into the body and to what it needs. For many of us, we are so ‘in our heads’ most of the time that often we forget there is a body attached.
3) You start getting used to paying attention to what makes you feel good, and to go in the direction of it. As that becomes more habitual, you’ll see it apply to other things in your life as well – finding the thoughts, words or actions that feel good to you and going in the direction of them.
4) Its just really freaking comfortable and relaxing, and our bodies, minds and souls deserve that.. 🙂