I had been struggling with a lack of physical energy for the last month or so. One night last week, after an acupuncture treatment, I had a long, sound sleep. I woke up refreshed and alert- I was not tired. My tiredness was not only due to lack of sleep, there have been other work and personal stresses, and I’ve worked with this acupuncturist for almost a year, but this experience reminded me that every time I get a solid night’s sleep – enough hours and no waking – I wake deeply refreshed.
Sleep and rest were also a huge help when I was sick. Sometimes all the focus on medication ignores the incredible healing power of sleep and rest.
Body care basics:
Diet – eat food, not too much, mostly plants (Michael Pollen)
Exercise – some kind of movement every day
Sleep – however many hours you need to feel refreshed
And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new created.
Hint: If you need an alarm clock to get up in the morning you haven’t had enough sleep-experiment on the weekends with not using one and see how many hours your body needs to really rest, then try to apply that to your work week. Getting up in the morning without an alarm is blissful. I’m still working on it.