Here is a simple meditation or focus for your thoughts as you drift off to sleep. And it’s so easy you can do it tonight.
I did this with my 7 year old son and he said, “Mama, you almost put me to sleep. Can we do this every night??”
When you close your eyes, what do you see behind your eye lids? Maybe its an image or maybe it’s colors. And maybe its just black.
My son said he saw the colors black, green, and moon color (white). He also saw circles.
I suggested he focus on only one circle. And really examine it. Looking up close and seeing the smooth edges or the texture. And he described this in detail.
Then I told him to pull back his focus on all of the circles. Seeing how they are the same and different. And then going back to focus on one of the circles and seeing the differences.
You can use circles, colors, shapes, or abstract. The idea is to focus on the small details and then to un-focus your attention or your gaze. The next image he had was flowers. During the focus portion, he noticed the petals the leaves. The possibilities are endless.
Why is this important?
I’ve been reading this book about trauma and healing and harnessing our own inner power. If you want to know more about the book, send me an email and I’ll tell you more. I’m not finished so I can’t give a total review of it yet.
The author speaks about how ‘stress narrows our vision and limits what we can see’ and when we stay in this stress response, it can “create a physiological no-possibility.” The intention of focus and un-focus to help our brains recognize when we are super focused to remember what it’s like to relax our vision. And it is important to be able to focus but we also have to spend time not focused.
And with so many people blending their work and home life, the reminder to unravel the focus could be very important right now.
WIth this understanding, the meditation above was something I created for my son but this concept of alternating focus could be applied in many different ways. Maybe you can come up with something completely different. If you do, I can’t wait to hear about it.