Falling Asleep in Meditation?
I often hear people saying they find themselves nodding off in meditation. We think of meditation as being a clear alert state of consciousness, so if i am getting sleepy there must be something wrong.
It happens to most of us at some time or another. I know it does to me, and I've seen other teachers nodding off at times. It's not sign that you've gone wrong. Quite the opposite in fact. it usually is a sign that you are relaxing deeply.
Most of us have some form of background fatigue. Or we may have had a tiring day. As we relax into meditation then it is as if the body says, "Hurray, at last I have a chance to catch up with a quick snooze." So take it as a sign you are relaxing well.
When you find you've nodded off, or even been asleep for a bit, just come back to the practice. Even if you nod off again, just keep coming back. And don't try to force yourself to stay awake&mash;that would just interfere with the relaxation.
Always finish with a few minutes of meditation. That way, even if the meditation has been sleepy, you will return to activity feeling more refreshed.
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