How to Fall Asleep

How to Fall Asleep

Here’s how to free fall your way to sleep….

Every night sit in a chair and let your head fall back, relaxed and at rest. You can use a pillow so you are in a resting posture and there is no tension in the neck. Then release your lower jaw – just relax it so the mouth opens slightly – and start breathing from the mouth, not from the nose. But the breathing has not to be changed, it has to be as it is – natural. The first few breaths will be a little hectic. By and by it will settle down and the breathing will become very shallow. It will go in and out very slightly; that’s how it should be. Keep the mouth open, eyes closed and rest.

Then start feeling that your legs are becoming loose, as if they are being taken away from you, broken loose at the joints. Feel as if they are being taken away from you – they have been cut loose – and then start thinking that you are just the upper part. The legs are gone.

Then the hands: think that both hands are becoming loose and being taken away from you. You may even be able to hear just a “click!” inside when they break away. You are no longer your hands; they are dead, taken away. Then just the torso remains.

Then start thinking about the head – that it is being taken away, that you are being beheaded and that the head has broken away. Then leave it loose: wherever it turns – right or left – you cannot do anything. Just leave it loose; it has been taken away.

Then you have just your torso. Feel that you are only this much – this chest and the belly, that’s all.

Do this for at least twenty minutes and then go to sleep.

This is to be done just before sleep. Do it for at least three weeks.

Your restlessness will settle. Taking these parts as separate, only the essential will remain, so your whole energy will move in the essential part. That essential part will relax and the energy will start flowing in your legs, in your hands and in your head again, this time in a more proportionate way.

From: Osho, Pharmacy for the Soul, Meditations, Relaxation and Awareness Exercises
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