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nextI have written extensively over the years about the process of falling asleep and have sorted my journal into four areas of interest.

Relaxation Techniques Using Meditation

If you have ever counted imaginary sheep with the hope of falling asleep you were practicing a form of meditation. If you have ever visualized a golf shot or even pictured yourself in an exotic, challenging or peaceful locale then you have meditated. By visualizing you are, indeed, meditating. Much of what we do here can be considered audio assisted visualization utilizing naturally relaxation sounds.

Nature sounds by themselves can be incredibly soothing. Rain, thunder, ocean waves, waterfalls all have white noise properties that help induce naturally calming Alpha brainwaves. We have added another dimension to most our relaxation sounds that promote visualization.  By visualizing a peaceful scenario we are stimulating the Secondary Visual Cortex in our brains. This is the same part of the human brain that is active in dreaming. In a sense it is a new form of meditation. There are many types of meditation. In fact, too many to list here. Here are a few of them.

Guided Meditation

In this method of meditation you consciously visualize places or situations you might find peace and relaxation. Try to utilize as many of your senses as you can, such as smells, sights and sounds. You may choose to be led through this process by a guiding voice or, in Virtual Dreaming at least, by your own ability to visualize through sounds that emulate the desired scenario. Guided imagery and visual meditation fall under this category.

Mantra Meditation

A Mantra is simply a repeated word or phrase. Pick something that flows freely off your tongue or your can have a Mantra assigned to bring out certain qualities in your meditation. Repeating your Mantra will clear your mind and can lead to a deep state of relaxation to achieve awareness.

Mindfulness Meditation

This type of meditation is based on developing consciousness and inner peace of living in the 'now'. By focusing on what you feel during this type of meditation, such as your breathing, one can observe and/or clear thoughts and emotions .

Millions of people have found meditation to be a valuable tool in dealing with life's stresses.  Experiment, and you'll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you feel comfortable doing. Adapt meditation to your needs of the moment. There is no right way or wrong way to meditate. What really matters is that meditation helps you with stress reduction. A nightly meditation session can make all the difference to a good night's slumber. By teaching the mind to let go of all the cares and worries of the day, you may be able take that final step towards relaxation and dreamland.