This is a pre-sleep activity I created which has helped many improve their sleep greatly. I hope it helps you, too.
The activity is simple, but it took years to develop and is based in deep spiritual and energetic philosophies. It is designed to provide peaceful dream-time and to diminish nightmares, sleep terrors and anxiety dreams.
Here is what you do:
When in bed for sleep, in the moments when you close your eyes to rest, follow these simple steps to help you drift off into peaceful slumber.
Surround yourself in golden light.
Then think of
3 things you are thankful for
3 things you love about yourself
3 blessings for others
We’ll walk through the idea and meaning behind each step.
Surround yourself in golden light.
A simple act of protecting yourself in sleep time energy. You can also use a rose quartz colored light. When we sleep, we are in an altered and somewhat vulnerable energetic state. Surrounding oneself in golden light is a way to help protect that energy space and improve our sleep. It also fosters a sense of safety within us, which is very important.
List 3 things for which you are thankful.
This step is designed to help us recall and remember the blessings of the day. It is a reflective time. It is easy to gloss over the day with what is on our ‘to do’ list or things which we are worried about. The listing of thankful items brings the to focus to the good.
If there aren’t three things from the day, then any other 3 things for which you are thankful. The 3 things can be little or big. Sometime the tiniest recall of a happy moment can fill us with so much joy. Being thankful is a great energy to be in just before sleep. It sparks joy and brings that into sleep time.
Think of 3 things you love about yourself.
People will often rephrase this to things I ‘like’ about myself. And while this is fine, the goal and intention of this part of the activity is to support yourself in things you LOVE about yourself.
We do not spend enough time in good reflective thoughts and moments of identifying where we shine. This is important for personal growth and development.
We need to give ourselves credit and be self-supportive. This activity is also part of embracing your goodness. It helps create a sense of inner strength and knowing. The things identified here can be little things or big things about yourself that you love.
Give 3 Blessings for Others.
A feel-good activity. It’s a gift to give a blessing to another. It’s adding a little grace to their spiritual bank account. A blessing is a form of love.
A wise soul, Kelsey, once told me that ‘The greatest gift we can give another is love.’ John O’Donohue espouses that we have long forgotten that we have the power to bless. This activity is listed to help keep us in the flow of giving. It lightens our heart and engages love on soul-to-soul level. Plus, it just feels good to give.
That is the good sleep activity, pure and simple.
Often, I find that I fall asleep before getting through the entire activity. If this happens, great. Hopefully, you are off to a happy and peaceful dreamland. If you wake up in the middle of the night, you can continue, or pick up the next evening. Or you can just start over the next evening.
Other peaceful sleep generating tips would to be cognizant of what activities you do during wake time. Meaning, spending time watching or reading horror stories, violence or serial killers puts us in this energy field. Limit watching the news, and especially before bedtime.
Tip: Engage in peaceful daytime activities.
Be aware of things that are your nightmare or poor-sleep triggers. For me, some of triggers are some OTC supplements and medications, engagement with certain people and warm/hot night time temperatures.
Also, confer with your healthcare provider to ensure you are getting enough nutrients which support healthy sleep, such as magnesium, vit D, and iron, just to name a few.
There are also medical conditions which contribute to poor sleep such as Endocrine disorders and sleep apnea. There is also an entire medical specialty dedicated to Sleep Medicine.
Sleep is meant to be restorative and is a vital part of our health and well-being. Attending to better sleep is a great self-care activity.
Energy work, guided meditations and intuitive sessions also be transformative, healing and help promote good sleep. These can help clear and cleanse our energy fields and help establish harmonious states of being. I love helping clients in this fashion.
Sweet dreams and Namaste!
-L. Leigh Love
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L. Leigh Love is a Certified Intuitive Counselor and Certified Life Coach. She is a Mind-Body Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and holds a non-denominational ordination. She completed the Mind-Body Medicine professional training program through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School. As well, she draws on 20 years of training in Psychology, Spiritual Studies and the Intuitive and Healing Arts. She has a passion for helping clients heal and live their best lives. She is a nature photographer, artist and author. Other areas of specialty are guided imagery and meditation, land blessings and honoring services.
She helps clients nationally, internationally through remote session and in-person at her studio.
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