ZfEL Ep. 4: How to Design a Nightly Ritual that Nourishes and Brings Rest to the Mind and Body (Plus Mindfulness of Body Guided Meditation)


This week's episode is all about nightly rituals and establishing a nourishing and restful nightly routine. Your time for rest is a special time and space which should be treated with respect- and I show you how to do that. In this week's episode I cover what I believe to be a complete and highly effective 5-step nightly routine that:

  • Helps you in becoming, and staying, an early riser
  • Improves the quality of your sleep, and...
  • Supports and enhances your mindfulness practice

I also cover a few key tips for improving the quality of your sleep and guide you through an entire mindfulness of body meditation exercise.

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Show notes:

  1. Step 1 & 4 are mentioned at length in my book, Zen for Everyday Life (Chapter: Arriving), along with an available guided meditation on the practice for certain editions of the book.
  2. Tea meditation guide: How to Find Peace and De-Stress with a Simple Tea Meditation
  3. Go to sleep as if you were never to wake up (Step 4) & Soyen Shaku's rules - 10 Rules to Live By From a Zen Master.
  4. Written instructions for the mindfulness of body exercise we covered in the podcast can be found here (under Physical Healing): The Mindfulness Survival Guide.
  5. This nightly routine pairs amazingly with a nourishing and consistent morning routine. For ideas on how to create a morning routine start with these articles: 7 Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life and The Zen of Waking Up.

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