Good Morning - it's Day 2.
In his book ‘The Promise of Sleep’, William C. Dement makes the case that one of the reasons we can’t sleep is that we think of it as a duty rather than a pleasure.
But perhaps what we need most when it comes to sleep is to actually give ourselves permission to enjoy pleasure – and today our magical rest is all about seducing the pleasure of sleep.
Today's tender task of self nurture is to Upgrade Your Dreamtime
The first question we have is does your bedroom make you feel calm and relaxed?
Are there object there that are triggers for stress – briefcase/ paperwork, bills etc / things in need of repair/ items belonging to others/ stored household items i.e. vacuum cleaner, ironing board, laundry etc?
Would you say that there’s a beautiful, peaceful, harmonious energy in your bedroom?
Do you need to cleanse your bedroom of negative energy?
Does your bedlinen say a precious being sleeps here?
Choose where you need to direct your energy most today in order to seduce restful sleep. When you give yourself permission to enjoy the pleasure of sleep you need to back that decision with supportive choices.
A few months ago I made the decision to leave my phone at my desk at night and not take it to the bedroom. I had been waking at about 4am and finding it difficult to return to sleep, I’d occupy myself by checking news headlines, emails, Facebook etc. and then, if that didn’t send me back to sleep, I’d play a game or two. After a while I wondered if in fact I'd developed a habit of waking to play with my phone and not that my phone was amusing me until I dropped back to sleep.
I still waken, but now I choose sleep. I literally say those words! And happily as a result of the choices I made to back up and support that quality of life decision, I have far fewer sleepless nights and a deeper more restful quality to my sleep.
So today let’s set this month up for a truly magical rest. Let’s start with the bedroom and for the next 29 days put sleep first.
One of the practices I love for November Bliss is to have a turndown tray on my locker. Throughout the year I collect samples from the perfume and skin care departments in stores or from magazines etc. and then in it place cuticle oil, hand cream, eye pads, lavender pillow spray etc. When you waken in the morning, you feel as thought the restful selfcare has already begun!
Keep a pen and paper beside your bed so that you can note any dreams, symbols or guidance you may have received during your sleep.
It’s not too late to join us if you have friends or family you feel might benefit from some Magical Rest this month. Give them my email address and I will send them a catch up email so they’re all up to date.
Wishing you sweet dreams tonight and for all the nights to come...
Magical Rest companion workbook available.
Rest is the potent elixir that fuels the efficiency of everything we do, are and wish to be. We rest for healing, for wisdom, for radiance and for love. I have created the Magical Rest 30 day program as a stand alone personal month long journey through the resting of all of your being, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, creatively, sensory and socially. Each day gifts you a restful exercise, practice or ritual and sets some reflective work to help you connect more fully to your own inner wisdom and personal magic.