Recently I have been trying to meditate more often. After completing the Oprah and Deepak Chopra 21-Day Challenge, I decided to keep the party going by trying to center myself daily. Meditation for me can be difficult, because my brain is always on overload and I have a hard time focusing on not focusing. When I would meditate with Deepak, I tried to zone out into the music that was provided in the background, while Deepak "minds the time" for you. That actually helped. So I figured if I was going to meditate on my own, the music would be essential.
So where do you find "meditation music"? YouTube of course. I just searched meditation music and voila! I had a whole selection to choose from. Then I started thinking, if the music can relax me enough to meditate for at least a good solid 10 minutes, than it must also work for sleeping right? Yes. Yes indeed it does. If you have not put yourself to sleep to meditation music, you are missing out on something special.
Your average full-time working adult (this includes stay-at-home parents, housewives, entrepreneurs, etc.), is already tired when a day's work is completed. With the internet, binge T.V. watching (oh my goodness, is it just me or is there a LOT of good television to get hooked on right now!?) and social media sites (Facebook can be the devil late at night), it is hard to actually go to sleep. Tired unfortunately, does not equate to sleep. I am too familiar with that feeling when your eyes are burning; you can barely move from where your body has landed. You might even doze intermittently, just not actually take your butt to bed!
I have found a solution for myself. I just moved into a new apartment, like, just last Sunday. So less than a week. Although I really adore my new home, it still does not feel like home yet. Probably because I lived in my old apartment for six years. Unlike my previous place, I have my T.V. in the living room, meaning I cannot put the sleep timer on and watch until I fall asleep. I actually have to get up and go into another room to get comfortable. I like this set up better, but with it being a new place and all, I needed to get used to it. This is where my meditation music comes in handy. I pull up my favorite YouTube meditation music selection, which is over an hour long and let it rock me to sleep. If you have not tried this, let me tell you! It is like musical Ambien! I only remember the first 5-10 minutes, then the next thing I know, it's 5 o'clock in the morning! This music will put you DOWN. It is so good, I put it on as soon as I go into the bedroom. While I am reading before bed it plays. Last night, I never even cracked my book open; the music had taken over.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is the kind of thing that gets me excited. I am by no means one of those over-sleeper type people who takes a nap every chance they get. I have to actually be tired to rest my brain enough (back to the importance of meditation) to go to sleep. In regards to a good night sleep, it makes a world of difference for me in terms of my mood and feelings the next day. I hate dragging and being tired. As I told my friend yesterday, a girl needs her rest!