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Enlightened sleep practices for the modern mind. Buddha's Book of Sleepis the first book to address sleep disturbances with techniques from mindfulness meditation. Yet this is a natural choice-mindfulness meditation has proven effective for psychological problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, and these very issues are what become sleep problems when your head hits the pillow. Divided into two sections, the book approaches sleep deprivation with a combination of wisdom and practical meditation exercises. The first section explains why mindfulness meditation, with its basis in self-awareness, is appropriate for dealing with sleeping problems, and details the practices of this increasingly popular form of meditation. The second section features seven specific exercises to do at bedtime or in the wee hours of the morning, or whenever your sleeping trouble occurs. Providing a new perspective on why you cannot fall asleep even when you feel exhausted, and arming you with easy-to-use mindfulness meditation exercises, Buddha's Book of Sleepwill help you calm your hurried thoughts, and go from feeling always sleepy to getting the rest you need.
Joseph Emet trained with the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, France. After some years, he was made aDharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition. He has written articles for the Reality Therapy Journal, articles on health and nutrition for Healthy Living and Alive magazines, has a doctorate in music from Boston University, and has published A Basket of Plums, a boxed book with two CD's of songs. He has worked with the Mindfulness Meditation Center in Montreal for fifteen years, and lives in Point-Claire, Canada.