Are you down to your last nerve?
Ways to rest

Are you down to your last nerve?

Do you feel down to your one last nerve when you struggle for sleep and are unable to rest? Well, if that one remaining nerve is your vagus nerve, you may be in luck. That's because the vagus nerve ...

How to rest in really challenging places

How to Rest in Really Challenging Places Some of my clients hate spending the night in an unfamiliar motel room. Others blissfully relax, letting go of daily life and stress. But what about spending the night in really challenging places ...

Insomnia Meds and Alzheimer's

Insomnia Meds and Alzheimer's As a society, we’re so used to taking pills—for infection, anxiety, depression, heart function, blood pressure...and insomnia. But we often forget how powerful these drugs are. As you know, medications can affect ...

Rustling Paper May Help You Relax

Get this! There are over 2.6 million “relaxing” videos online of women and men whispering, tapping their fingers, folding towels, rustling paper, brushing fake fur, pretending to cut hair, and slowly sorting through baseball cards. I checked out some ...

Do sheets make a difference to rest?

Do sheets make a difference to rest?

When people can’t rest or sleep, they may hyper-focus on being physically uncomfortable. That makes sense. If you don’t feel enveloped by the cocoon of your bed, your mind gets busy trying to fix what feels bad. That ...

Forgiveness, loving, and responsibility

Forgiveness, loving, and responsibility

Every time I drove by the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and 53rd Street, I’d get mad, even after 15 years. That’s when a stoned-out driver darted in front of me. I swerved, but we still crashed at the ...

Reverse Your Stress...Relax From the Top Down
Ways to rest

Reverse Your Stress...Relax From the Top Down

While I still get insomnia, it doesn’t bother me much anymore. Except for the last few nights.... I traveled rocky sleepless roads filled with non-stop thoughts and stress. I had to continually ask my inner GPS to recalculate to ...

Step 4: Relax into lack of control
Ways to rest

Step 4: Relax into lack of control

Do you get irritated when you can’t sleep? Angry? Pissed off? Raging mad? Join the club. Anger is a terrible lullaby—no surprise. Instead of getting the rest you want, you spend the night noticing everything that’s wrong ...

Daylight savings time--split the difference

Daylight savings time--split the difference

Daylight savings/standard/confusion time drives me nuts. Despite setting my clocks ahead during the day (which helps a tiny bit), my body and time orientation is all skewed for days. I heard there are more car accidents the Monday ...

Insomnia without suffering
Ways to rest

Insomnia without suffering

I had insomnia last night. I woke with a brain full of worries and sadness and lists and tension. I added the stress of no sleep to my list of woes. I knew all the Restful Insomnia(TM) techniques--I developed ...

Restful Insomnia in Seattle Magazine
Books and events

Restful Insomnia in Seattle Magazine

In November, I went to a photo-shoot at Hotel 1000 in Seattle. Upscale but not hoity and a great photographer. Now, that photo and an article about Restful Insomnia is in January Seattle Magazine. What fun....

Returning to the pen...
Books and events

Returning to the pen...

... more like returning to the keyboard. What was my last post? Looks like last year, right at this time. [Jodi sends me a note that my math is wrong--it's been two years.] So much in 2009: A new full-time ...

A Better Brain

A Better Brain

Ah, my manuscript is done. The book is retitled: A Better Brain for Any Age for publication by Conari in the fall (2008). Lots of research, some writing angst--defining emotions and creativity was a thrill. Here's what the book ...

Meditation
Ways to rest

Meditation

I love to meditate. It took me only 30 years to get here. I started with TM (Transcendental Meditation) in... Cleveland, dating Andy, probably 1974. After the instruction, I was high as a kite, happy for the first time at ...

The Big Book of Brain Boosters

The Big Book of Brain Boosters

Where have I been? I've been researching and querying experts on that plastic glob under your skull: the brain. Experts who know about Brain exercises Food Exercise Creativity Emotional intelligence Types of intelligence Energy medicine Meditation. I'm writing ...

Gratitude is a Verb

Gratitude is a Verb

We think of Gratitude as a Thank You note. Dear Higher Power, Thank you for the nice sunset, my car, my kids. Signed, Me That's a useful start, but we're missing something. We're missing the experience of ...

Everything Happens for a Reason
Inspiration & gratitude

Everything Happens for a Reason

It's easy to get into the "it's not fair" of life. Or the "why did this happen to me?" My latest biblio-therapy book--Everything Happens for a Reason, by psychotherapist Mira Kirshenbaum--changes that view.  I've thought for ...

Why Are You Up?
Ways to rest

Why Are You Up?

Last night, I woke up at 3 a.m. thinking. Not unusual. I put on my nightshades and rolled over. That usually sends me to rest. This time, I kept thinking: the dirty laundry, applications, money. No matter what I ...

Appreciation Anyway

Appreciation Anyway

  My dearest friend died. I have a cold. I forgot about Restful Insomnia techniques for a few long hours last night. I'm a drama queen and could complain about all that. And... My sister is here from the other ...

Body: gratitude in death
Ways to rest

Body: gratitude in death

When I'm dying, let me be. Don't tell me that: I should "let go." I'm holding on because something's unresolved. I'm full of angelic energy but I'm unwilling to embrace it. Those messages have ...

Eye Roll
Ways to rest

Eye Roll

Eye rolls have a bad rep--especially when a teen reacts to a parent with leave me alone eyes. However, you can roll your eyes for the power of good: your relaxation! When your eyes are closed, you can let your ...

Gratitude: Diane

Gratitude: Diane

I'm grateful for friends. Ones who will witness and share my life, keeping their judgments at bay. I'm grateful for Diane, my friend of 20 years. Authentic, adventurous, grounded in who she is and her body. She listened ...

Return, return again
Ways to rest

Return, return again

I've found the binary bread crumbs back to my blog. I had to geek into unknown territory for several hours to find my user name, since my automatic sign-on had quit. I remembered why I don't use automated ...

Gratitudes

Gratitudes

Happiness is more than just a feeling. Happiness is a state of mind, of contentment, of gratitude. Feelings come and go (our bodies, beliefs, and intuition trigger and release feelings). However we can plant seeds for more lasting happiness... with ...

Dark. Dark dark dark.
Ways to rest

Dark. Dark dark dark.

Even when my brain is going mumble-mumble in the middle of the night, darkness helps. What? It's already dark. Yes, the curtains are closed, though I can see the dim street lights through them (city life). In the middle ...

Inspire rest
Inspiration & gratitude

Inspire rest

Some nights it's easy to fall into rest. Then some nights, rest goes to an all-night bar while you're home alone, abandoned. Some days, you have more inspiration than you can handle. Other days, your mind searches for ...

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