I’ve talked before about one of the most interesting features of these tea sessions – that it’s a communal experience. I may be the one doing the talking, but somehow we’re all in this together. A participant writes that we are ‘mutual muses’ in the grove, inspiring each other in subtle ways – performing an unusual magic as we connect across space and time. And here’s a poem another tea habitué has sent in:
Children’s voices rise up through the pines
They have all the time in the world.
All magic begins here:
The wonder of a stone
The singing of a feather
More sunlight than you could use in a lifetime
How brief a lifetime at 7
How endless a lifetime at 70.
All the time in the world.
Thank you Gary for that!
Last week we talked about time, and this week I’d like to carry on exploring that topic, but in relation to one particular area of our experience: the time we spend sleeping or trying to get to sleep.
A while back I experienced a bout of insomnia and I became interested in what would happen if we took all that we know about getting a better night’s sleep from psychology and neuroscience and combined this with a spiritual perspective, making use of any techniques that the wisdom traditions can offer.
What I discovered was that if you take methods from yoga – particularly breathing techniques and yoga nidra meditation – and combine these with all that sleep science can now recommend to help you rest well, you have a very potent and effective set of tools to help you get the rest you need.
So I’ve put all these methods together and added in some Sophrology exercises. Sophrology is a system developed by a neuropsychiatrist to enhance wellbeing and it works really well with reprogramming your nervous system in a natural way.
I’ve set this all out in a seven step programme that takes you through various exercises and includes 16 audio recordings – all designed to send you to sleep.
We’ve been talking about the great feeling that comes from meeting together in a group. Well, 140 followers of my Facebook page agreed to take part in a trial of the programme last year, and it was fantastic to work with them over a period of several months fine-tuning the material. Thanks to their feedback I was able to improve the recordings and you can read what many of them said about the programme on the website at the sleepclinic.org.uk
If you are in that third of the population who experiences sleep difficulties, do give it a go. If it doesn’t work for you, you can get a full refund straight away, and in addition I’ve created a special offer – valid until Saturday. You just have to type in TEA into the coupon field to get 20% off the course cost. I’d love to hear how you get on with the course! You can learn more about it here: the sleepclinic.org.uk