Oh, this has been a LONG time coming, but I’ve finally figured out something whereas I can calm/quiet my mind down towards the end of the night.
I’m not a person who likes teaching past 6pm, but since I was offered a unique class and on the BTS line, I said “ok.” However, I needed to be serious about coming up with a very strict routine in terms of shutting down before going home.
Last year I encountered a couple of sleepless nights. One day I had too much caffeine, pushing myself to a 4am sleeping time (and that was at the assistance of a sleeping pill). Another night I slept 1pm because I didn’t have control of my mind and was thinking about the most absurd thing imaginable (I won’t even say it because it’s that ridiculous). So, I do get anxious, at times, before I go to sleep.
But thanks to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s words, I’ve been able to overcome that: “train your mind and tell it what you want to do.”
So, I told myself “how can I shutdown before getting home?” This was a three-step routine.
So, while walking to the skytrain, which takes about 7 minutes to get to, I’m listening to affirmations. Mind you, social media and everything is turned off for the evening. At 8pm, I’m off of it. I love detoxing from it because sometimes I get messages that I can’t handle at night, and if it’s a message of someone complaining, I would lose sleep.
When I get to my platform which is outside in the sweltering heat, I’m swaying side-by-side, not looking at a soul and just basking the environment all in. Perfect way to live in the moment when there’s chaos around you.
The train comes, I go to the middle (because it’s often packed) set my things down and really start saying all the affirmations under-my-breath for about 5 stations. Once the train makes it over the river, I switch to a Glen Harold meditation and then I start winding down even more, along with some running bath water and rain noises in the background.
By the time I get home, my mind is ready for sleep…literally. Technology has already been shoved aside, and I even put my phone outside my bedroom to charge. I turn on my Bose soundlink, laydown, and smile away, counting the successes that I had achieved that day. Yes, somedays I do the mirror exercise, which helps a lot, too.
So, here’s the podcast of how I do everything little-by-little.