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Sleep

Let’s take a moment to contemplate the magic that is sleep.

No, not: How much sleep do I need? What happens if I don’t get what I need? How can I sleep better? Deeper? How do I create the best “sleep hygiene”? What about insomnia? Sleep apnea? Sleeping pills? Circadian rhythms?

No.

I am talking about the transformative power of sleep. The way you can go to bed emotionally drained, psychologically fragile, wounded, staggering, after a day that ricochets you off hard surfaces, harder surfaces that you knew existed, places you didn’t want to go to but did, thoughts you didn’t want to think but did, emotions you were unprepared to feel but felt. That kind of day.

And you can’t think your way through it. And you can’t talk your way through it. And you can’t eat your way through it (although you try). But you can throw open the windows to a cool night and settle between clean sheets and close your eyes and breath, not imagining the impossible will happen.

And then it happens. You sleep. And you awake your own strong, true self. Ready. Again.

4 comments

1 Steven Finster { 05.19.17 at 5:55 am }

I am relieved and happy to read that slumber restored you. I confess I was a bit worried about your trip today. It truly is a brutal and draining experience. I would be most interested in an opportunity to listen and/or read your thoughts on your experience once your mind is somewhat settled on what you’ve experienced.

A restorative hug to you,
s

2 Lauren { 05.19.17 at 5:31 pm }

My admiration for what you do — and most especially HOW you do it (your humanity, your humor) — is soaring ever higher after my experience this week.

3 Ruth { 05.19.17 at 4:11 pm }

It is a gift not to be taken for granted. I wish I could give this gift to all those who can’t access this powerful healer in the same way.

4 Lauren { 05.19.17 at 5:29 pm }

A gift. Yes. And you’re right, we do take it for granted.

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