Thursday Thought: Sleep

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”
~ Francis Bacon

Yes, yes. I’m reminded of this, even when I don’t get the sleep I need for stretches at a time.

Reminded that sometimes being silent, rather than tossing and turning and trying to fall asleep, it’s okay to simply be still, silent.

Reminded to take in the silence I can find within myself, even if it’s the lack of silence that’s keeping me awake.

This way, even after getting only a few hours of sleep I don’t feel (wholly) horrible. Part of that is a conscious choice and part of it comes from manufacturing silence within.

It’s a tricky bit of business, to not fight insomnia. To be still and allow the body to rest, even if not in a sleeping state. The part I find most maddening is releasing the anger I feel around not being able to drift off.

Deep breaths help. Netflix helps. Purring cats help (sometimes). It’s about learning which distractions are helpful and when so. And also about getting to a place where I can say, “Sleep will not come easily tonight and I will be okay because I always am.”

And the truth is that no matter what does not come easily today or tonight or tomorrow or the next day, we will be okay. Even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.

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