Mind Chatter and Sleep
Ask John – Mind Chatter and Sleep
Question: I go through spells of not sleeping where my mind will not switch off, can you help with this ‘mind chatter’??
John: The main focus of my teachings is to create balance in your Mind, Body and Spirit. This balance helps you to stay centered in the present moment rather than lost in mind chatter.
We all have Mind Chatter at times as we are conditioned to live predominately in our heads.
It is caused by an overstimulation of our Mind. The key is to think less not more. When we focus our attention in our Mind and neglect the other aspects of ourselves, our Body and Sprit we tend get out of balance. This causes over thinking and all we need to do is to regain balance once more. I have found that by introducing The 9 elements of The Way into people’s lives balance is restored.
If you are unable to sleep because your mind chatter is related to a particular pressing life situation, creating balance will give you the awareness and calmer state of mind that will allow you to focus on finding a solution instead of being caught in the problem. Once both balance and awareness have been created you can then move on to the momentum elements that will give you the energy to move forwards instead of being consumed by the problem.
Most of our problems are created and flourish in the mind, Should you experience worry and anxiety with your mind chatter this is due to a lack of Being Present (Element 9). When you are present, worry and mind chatter doesn’t exist.
There are many natural solutions to quiet your mind and my favourite is to use your breath (Spirit). Notice when you wake up where your breath is in your body. Usually if you are anxious you will find that your breath will be found higher up in your body. Focusing on your breath and dropping it to about an inch below your naval will cause your body to relax and take your focus away from your mind. Eating something like a small bowl of cereal can also ground you in your body especially if you can consciously connect with your senses whilst you are eating.
In my book 9 Days to Feel Fantastic there are a selection of audio exercises, which can be downloaded. There is one exercise that specifically deals with mind chatter and sleep by guiding you through the different parts of your body, allowing your mind to become calm.
Becoming free of mind chatter creates the space for serenity and inspired thought. Many people are unaware that they have it, as it has become lost along the way.