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Time

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Have you ever noticed how time can drag on when you watch the clock or how fast it can speed by when you’re busy and not thinking about it?  I think time goes by slowly when we awaken in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep.  Does this happen to you?  For me, there are nights when I wake up in the middle of the night and then I am kept up for hours by my busy mind.  I begin planning tomorrow’s to do list or I begin writing my blog in my head ~ but the worst one is if I hear a noise because then I lay awake debating whether I should go investigate!

Last night I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.  5 minutes to midnight and I had just woken up a few minutes beforehand.  I was tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep.  Now my busy brain turned to wondering who was outside.  I said a quick prayer of safety because it could simply be a neighbor coming home and I began breathing slowly, in and out, trying to concentrate so that I could fall back to sleep.  It worked because the next time I looked at the clock, it was 6am! 

Does this ever happen to you? 

What do you do? 

Do you get up and go to the kitchen to make a cup of warm milk? 

Do you read in hopes of getting sleepy again? 

Or do you turn on the television to watch something boring? 

I’ve tried all of the above, but breathing in and out in a measured fashion and quieting my mind works best for me.  I’d love for you to share if this happens to you and what you do about it!  I figure the more solutions we share, the longer our night’s sleep is tonight! 

Because TIME Is On My Side ~ a la The Rolling Stones

Enjoy a little official version of their song ~ Happy Saturday!

Sweet dreams my friends! 

Shine On!

xo

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http://edwardhotspur.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/slam-a-daily-prompt-post/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/tick-tock/

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http://dianarasmussen.com/2013/02/16/hope/

A Single Courageous Step…

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin,

and a single courageous step

would carry us clear through them. -Brendan Francis

Lately I haven’t been sleeping as well as I’d like.   I don’t know about you, but sometimes I go through periods of time where sleep evades me more often than not and right now I’ve not been sleeping well.  I wake up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep because my mind continues to whir and mindless chatter of what I need to do and what needs to be done by others plagues me.  And then there is the fear of not getting everything done properly as I’m in charge of a lot these days…that fear alone can put me over the edge.   But what I’ve found is that the fears are usually paper thin and unfounded…but in the middle of the night, they feel like I’m carrying heavy bricks.

So what I’ve begun doing is imagining that each brick is one of my fears and I begin to walk ~ baby steps of course ~ and as I do, I let go of a brick with each step.  I simply drop it and allow my mind to tick it off the list that plagues me.  I drop the brick of named fear into the abyss below me and I imagine that it goes away into nothingness ~ that it simply evaporates.

Sometimes I imagine that Universe/God catches it and turns it into dust as well, but that’s only if simply dropping it doesn’t actually make it go away.  Sometimes those fear bricks have been known to not easily be released and that’s when my stepping out takes control because I’m still walking as I drop them and as I continue to walk, they are further away from me.

We all have fears which is sad because when we allow those fears to manifest, they can take over…which is why, I adore my baby steps!  Do you carry fears?  Do you sleep well?  Can you see that much of what we fear isn’t anything more than worry emphasized?

Join me in our stepping away from our fears and into the light…drop your fears, make them a kite and fly those paper-thin thoughts right out of your head today!  Let me know how it works for you ~ and what works for you!  I’d love to hear more options for my nightly episodes.

Happy Monday to you!  It’s the start of a new week!  Enjoy!!

xo