Whispers in the Night

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

Artwork: Cy Twombly

Good morning beautiful people,

Whilst last week’s newsletter was about rest, today’s is about sleep.

When one googles the words “guided meditation”, the most popular search that comes along with it is “sleep”.

There are so many types of sleeping meditations including bed time stories for adults that are meant to calm our mind and let go of the day’s worry, that falling asleep seems to be a no brainer in our society today.

However, what about waking up in the middle of the night? Why can’t any of these guided meditations come along guaranteeing the amount of sleep they will provide? i.e. if you calm your mind for 40 minutes, you will receive eight hours of uninterrupted blissful sleep:)

Wishful thinking I know, but what if we stopped telling ourselves off for not sleeping through the night, and instead, would hold space for ourselves and for what’s keeping us awake, tuning into it, instead of fighting against it.

What if what woke us up, was simply our unconscious trying to communicate with us, whispering what we need to hear? And lastly, what if we were to let go of how one should sleep and instead welcome how one actually sleeps, free of judgments, with compassion for the part of ourselves that needs to be held.

The work of meditation, is about radical acceptance, being present with a beginner’s mind, knowing that there is no “should”, all there is, is what is. So i am going to invite you to take a deep inhale, feeling your feet on the ground, your sits bones on the chair you might be sitting on, and breathing out anything and everything you no longer need.

In meditation, we talk about practice in order to rewire the messages in our brain and undo what no longer serve us.

If you feel called to know more about this practice, and start rewiring the messages that no longer serve you, don’t hesitate to reach out, and please know that we can also do this work online.

The next group sessions will now be weekly, in London town, so please check into the events space for more. I have also recorded a new guided meditation that gave me great pleasure to record. I hope you enjoy it too.

On this note, I would like to send you my best wishes for this weekend.

With Love,
Vanessa

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