Sleeping Woman, 1933 Tamara de Lempicka
I’m gonna help you sleep.
Here are four tips.
- Give Yourself Permission
Each night as you lay your head down to sleep say, “I allow myself to sleep peacefully and restfully.” And believe it. Your subconscious mind can help you sleep but it needs direction.
- Balloon Repository
Imagine yourself in a beautiful field. There’s a hot air balloon with a large basket suspended beneath it and ropes tying it to the ground. Put everything on your mind into the basket—all worries, concerns, issues, people and things. One by one empty your mind. Now untie the balloon. Lie back on the grass and watch it slowly float away, up higher and higher into the sky. See it move farther from sight until it becomes so small and distant that it disappears.
- Warm Relaxing Energy
Start at the top of your head and imagine, sense or feel a warm, relaxing light or energy slowly move down through all parts of your body to the tips of your toes.
- “Relax and Sleep”
This is helpful if you wake up in the middle of the night. I just did it last night. Repeat “relax and sleep.” Conscious repetition programs the subconscious mind. Your subconscious knows what the word “sleep” means and will work to bring about that result. At the same time, this technique focuses your conscious mind on sleeping rather than what’s been keeping you up. Until tonight, that is.
I'm trying to live a better life. What does that mean? It means I'm trying to live up to my potential. I'm trying to create the best version of me that I can, at this age and in this point of my life with what I have and know. And I want to encourage you to do the same. It doesn't mean doing any of these things perfectly, it just means that we are making conscious small choices however we can. For instance, you probably already know that I am vegan, but it may surprise you that I'm not a health nut. That is the area I am trying to change the most by choosing healthy alternatives rather than satiating a craving.
Reading a book and giving to charity are no doubt very personal endeavors. It is with that in mind that I very gently but passionately recommend a book that changed my life, The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty by Peter Singer. (Visit the website here.)
I have been a fan of Peter Singer for decades. He's the Australian philosopher who wrote the seminal book Animal Liberation (1975). The Wikipedia page for Animal Liberation describes it/him best: