As meditation progresses, breathing becomes slower and more refined, and tranquil calm becomes the prevailing mental condition, providing the meditator deeper, conscious rest and renewal than usually occurs during ordinary sleep. The body’s life forces become balanced, contributing to organized function of physical systems.
Because of physical disturbance, emotional distress, or irregular sleep habits, many people do not get the rest they need when they sleep. The results may be low energy reserves, moodiness or depression, irritability, mental confusion, poor concentration, inefficient work performance, accident-prone behavior, and lower resistance to disease or illness. Meditation does not replace sleep, but one or two short meditation sessions a day will enliven the body, energize the mind, and contribute to improved performance of activities so that regular hours of sleep can be an interlude of undisturbed rest that is physically and mentally restorative.
As meditation results in the unfoldment of superconscious states which persist even during normal waking hours, one’s regular hours of sleep may be occasioned by episodes of being conscious while the body and mind rests. The gaps between levels of consciousness become less defined and one may experience lucid perceptions of “being conscious of being conscious” during sleep and of abiding in the eternal now while simultaneously being aware of infinite oneness.
Speak this positive affirmation:
I meditate on a regular daily schedule to enliven my body, energize my mind, contribute to improved performance, and awaken to Self- and God-Realization.
Have a good day . . . and a great life!