Gratitude is Attitude

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Today I woke up at 4:30. I was tossing and turning and finally I decided to get up. I made a choice. I could easily choose to be frustrated with my momentary infliction of insomnia but instead I choose to be grateful. I woke up and that alone is a wonderful gift. I could spend time being angry over the hours of sleep I missed or I can sit here and contemplate the promise of the moments that lie ahead. There’s even a third choice and this one is the best of all. I can sit here in the moment and listen to the wind. I can take in the sound of the clock ticking on the wall and I can just enjoy this moment of solitude before the day really begins. What are you grateful for today? How can you turn gratitude into attitude?

Help! I Can’t Sleep

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I didn’t sleep a wink last night. I watched the clock change before my eyes as I struggled to find a sense of quiet that would afford me the opportunity to drift off to sleep. Isn’t it amazing how we can walk into a room in the middle of the day and have no idea why we are standing there in the first place? Then something magical happens at nightfall and everything becomes crisper and clearer. It’s as if the brain magically over magnifies every single thought that races through my head. The tiniest situation feels like a major ordeal in the middle of the night. I toss and turn and fight the voices in my head searching for some solitude from the noise that’s keeping me awake. What do you do to help you fall asleep? How do you quiet everything down so you can drift off to a peaceful sleep? I have tried the voice led meditations in the past and they have worked well but I am not the only one in the bed. I am looking for some suggestions and solutions for those nights that feel like they are never going to end.