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How to Surrender to Sleep

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How to Surrender to Sleep

During the years I have spent giving seminars on inner growth, I have encountered many people with insomnia. People who have not been able to sleep for decades, people at their wits end.

Insomnia is caused often by our inability to switch off. We spend so much time focusing outwards in the distractions of the world, that it becomes impossible for us to stop. You have surely noticed this when on vacations: you can be on a paradise beach, or witnessing a breathtaking panoramic view from a mountain peak, surrounded by such beauty, such perfection, and yet… the mind continues. It is impossible for us to switch off, to just be, to fully savor life as it is right now; we have become so accustomed to planning, worrying, organizing, controlling, that we have forgotten how to stop. So when we go to bed at night, we find that the mind continues. The body wants to rest, but the intellect is out of control, racing ahead of itself, lost in a permanent state of distraction and concern.

Just as we have developed the habit of constant distraction, we can develop a new habit: the habit of being present, of focusing on the beauty of this moment. At first, it seems difficult, but this is only because we have spent so long doing the opposite. If we start to make a habit of bringing our awareness into this moment, the results soon begin to show.

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Isha Judd

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness.


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7:41AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013


5:05AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:02AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


3:27PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Good reading,embrace your waking time and sleep time,we are all individual,so your own body clock rules.

3:50PM PDT on May 20, 2010

thanks. i'll have to try it.

10:23PM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

This article was very informative. I hope it will help me to sleep.

10:14PM PST on Mar 8, 2010

really helpful

3:48PM PST on Mar 5, 2010

This was very helpful....hope it will work for me. Have a hard time going and staying asleep.

9:16PM PST on Mar 1, 2010


8:32AM PST on Feb 11, 2010

I agree, life is so busy, with so many things happening around us every second, it's hard to put it down, and simply sleep.

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