I often get caught in the trap of thinking that in order to rest, I need to have an extensive amount of time to devote to it. This, despite the fact that I’ve had some of the deepest, most refreshing rest experiences using the practice of Yoga Nidra (translation: yogic or psychic sleep) in less than thirty minutes.
Inspired by this – and my favorite question from Eckhart Tolle, “if I close my eyes, how do I know I have hands?” – I decided to create for you a very quick guided audio meditation that allows you to rest well in just seven minutes.
I designed this for people who have a hard time with traditional meditation, for whom sitting still and observing the breath is almost impossible. In this guided meditation, rest comes in two forms:
1. By focusing your awareness in your hands and feet, your mind has something active to do and the awareness automatically brings you deeper into your body.
2. The background music is not the standard relaxing soft flutes or Tibetan bowls, but Frank Ticheli’s La Belle et Le Capitaine – by letting your mind follow this music and the rotational awareness at the same time, you are far more likely to achieve real rest.
You can listen to and download the audio here or by clicking on the picture below.