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Circadian Meditation

It seems that no one gets enough sleep anymore, but with the advent of circadian meditation, that is not the way it has to be.  Have you ever wanted to get a full night's sleep in a few hours?  Would you like to go out clubbing at night and then deliver a management-pleasing presentation the next day?  Meditation is the simple part of the phrase, a word with connotations of contemplation, relaxation and rumination, a deep state where thought lofts up above the common cares that so often trouble us.  Circadian refers to the 24-hour internal cycle of the body, a biological clock that directs us to sleep and waken. 

When a circadian rhythm is disturbed, the effects can be extreme, including, but not restricted to insomnia, poor alertness, poor response times, and depression.  Sleep is meant to be a restful time for the human body, a period of rest and relaxation.  All too often, though, for our tense bodies and restless minds, this is not the case. This is not the way it has to be, not with the circadian meditation method available.

Circadian mediation takes the positive aspects of meditation and combines it with the natural rhythms of the body, melding seamlessly into a person's life and work.  If you are stressed, constantly tired and perpetually on edge, this method of contemplation may be ideal for you.  Often, disruption of a circadian rhythm is a part of life.  Pulling an all-nighter right before a big presentation can result in a long succession of days where you feel off-balance; this is one common example of a circadian rhythm being hurt in the course of day to day life.  For the traveler, even doing something like hopping between time-zones (to say nothing of crossing an ocean!) can result in jet lag.  Jet lag is a typical example of interrupted circadian rhythms.  With circadian meditation, however, it is no longer necessary to be a slave to these day to day nuisances.  What was a master over our lives becomes a valuable tool.

Circadian meditation is also an intensely personal method of meditation, something that can be tailored for anyone.  To begin, you merely begin taking notice of your valleys and your peaks, the places during the day where you're at your best and otherwise.  Circadian rhythms function in cycles and you should begin to notice a pattern.  Perhaps you're naturally a morning person, or perhaps, like the cat or the owl, you are most active at sunrise and sunset.  As you learn more about your own circadian rhythm you can start tailoring your life accordingly.

Circadian meditation offers a cornucopia of rewards, not in the least of which is a good night's sleep.   As you adjust to your body's unspoken (but still very potent!) wants and needs, your body will begin to reward you in very short order.  By itself, meditation has a long history of promoting benefits that involve clear thought and consideration.

At the end of the day, wouldn't you rather your sleep worked for you rather than against you?

By Philip Stilchford

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