How to Use Music to Help You Sleep

According to Sleepfoundation.org, music can help you to relax and actually, sleep better, longer, wake refreshed, and perform better during the day!

But before the use of music for ‘a sleep-aid’ comes  together, to impact your night, it’s important that you’re listening to the right kind of music. Music that is upbeat, or too loud, may not be helpful at all. It’s better to listen to soothing, slower music.

“This song makes me feel better!”

The thing is, what works for one person, may not work for another person. So it’s a good idea to try out different forms of sounds and find something that is soothing to Your ears! You will want a sound that reminds you of a calm scene or memory.

Here’s some tips for using music to help you sleep…

  • Try closing your eyes while you browse your choices, considering the way the sound makes you feel. (Relaxed? Bored? Excited?)
  • Use a streaming program, if possible, avoiding anything that offers “commercial breaks,” that will interrupt the calming feeling and relaxed frame-of-mind.
  • As you listen, imagine yourself sleeping. This exercise, alone, you may find relaxing!
  • Once you’ve chosen the sound you want, create a playlist of similar sounds, so that the feeling created by the music, remains the same, allowing you to maintain that same frame-of-mind. 
  • Notice the length of your playlist. Is it 30 minutes in length? Or 120 minutes? Consider how long it will take you to fall into a relaxed state of mind, and that’s how long you’ll want your playlist!
  • Finally, try listening to your playlist at times of the day other than bed-time. What feeling does it bring when you’re active? If you find it relaxing during the day, it’ll probably work well tonight!

For more Free information on this subject, visit the Sleep Foundation’s website!

We Can Heal Our World. Here’s How!

Quote:

“Our world is a joint creation. We have the power…[and we, each, have a profound affect] on those around us!”

From, “Healing Our World” by Mary Ruwart

When we try to control others, we ourselves, become the Controlled.

Like a stone thrown into a quiet pond, our actions and reactions have a rippling affect …outward…affecting our world.

One action towards our neighbor, ripples outward into the community, affecting our “world.”

Why Does Holiday- Preparation Cause Stress (& What To Do About It)

It goes without saying that the holidays bring on added stress. On top of everything else we’re dealing with, including aches & pains, overdue bills, the expectations of others…just to name a few, we’re dealing with buying gifts, managing the budget, while cooking for relatives that we don’t see everyday, and balancing demanding schedules! No wonder we’re stressed!

But remember, the holidays is about so much more than gift-giving and parties.

So, take a breath, relax and remember this universal fact: 

All of life is about sharing our feelings of love …It’s about friends and family and community. Without that love, nothing else really matters. I mean, when it’s all said and done, the love and the memories are all we will have remaining! 


Is There a God? (What’s that burning feeling?)

Someone asked me if I believe in God. Good question.

There is so much hate, and sorrow, and natural disasters that wipe out entire towns…babies dying, hungry children, distraught mothers, persecuted fathers, neglected animals…the list of horrible things in our world is long and ugly.

 

But when you think about it, all of these things have an “origin” somewhere in the human experience…It’s called cause & effect.

When I examine the anatomy of the human eye, the change of day to night, the burning feeling inside of me when I think about someone I love, the growth process of a seed into a blooming plant, aquatic life in the oceansWho is doing this?

 

Why does the sun rise? Where do the planets come from? How does that baby form inside Mommy’s tummy?

There are times when a warm feeling comes over me that I can’t explain. It feels like my heart is going to burst. I’m crying for no apparent reason. I think of someone suffering, that I don’t even know, and it bothers me! Where do these feelings come from?

Do I believe in God? Truth is, I feel God. I talk to God, and whether or not others trust me, I trust that God hears and answers me, because my decisions feel right and have “right” results. Yes, I trust that feeling.  Our bodies will grow old and eventually decay. But the feelings never die. Eternity is real.

Someone once said, “You may forget what someone says, you may forget what they did. But you’ll never forget how they made you feel.”