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.