When we are not rested, when our body aches and our mind is clouded, we disconnect from God; and when we’re not connected with God, we lose touch with our connectedness with everything. We become centered in fear; more specifically, in the illusions of separateness and scarcity. Everything and everyone else becomes a potential threat to our security and comfort. That same stranger on the street turns from someone who I can help into someone who wants something from me.
I struggle a lot with sleep, so this article was really fascinating to me. It gives me even more motivation for getting on a regular sleep cycle and sticking with it. I’m better than most college kids- I almost always sleep at least seven hours a night- but I’m awful at maintaining a rhythm. My body naturally stays up late, so I often lay awake for hours in bed, waiting for sleep. Then, unless I have somewhere to be the next morning, I have terrible discipline about getting out of bed- I sleep in all the time. So while I technically get enough sleep, I know that it’s not of very good quality and I spend a lot of my life feeling tired.
This article talks about setting your alarm for the same time every day and then going to sleep when you feel tired at night. I would love to get up at the same time every morning and have time for a morning routine- prayer, coffee, breakfast, the morning news. As it is, I get up at the latest possible moment, throw on clothes and rush off to wherever I have to be. Bah, I fail at sleep. Anyone have better luck with this?