Ever notice how you don’t sleep as well when you go to bed with troubles on your mind? That’s a typical night for many of us—worrying about financial, job or relationship issues as soon as the light is switched off.
It recently dawned on me how to break this habit and drift off to sleep peacefully and joyfully, which naturally results in waking up well rested and energized!
What works for me might not work for you, but just in case it does, I wanted to share it with you.
A few days ago, I recalled the following parable:
THE TROUBLES TREE
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
When that story popped into my head, I decided to adapt it. As I headed to bed, I hung my troubles on an imaginary nail on my bedroom door frame. Immediately, I felt a burden lift from my shoulders.
But I didn’t stop there. I imagined that my bedroom was overflowing with divine light and love. Now, whenever I step into my bedroom, I feel an almost palpable peace and calmness descend upon me.
You can take it a step farther by imagining that your room is filled with the majestic sound of celestial music and loving angels waiting to greet and comfort you.
Finally, as you lie in bed, recall what you were grateful for that day, or what you are grateful for in your life. And imagine an angel or some other symbol of divinity sitting on your bed, smiling benevolently while holding your hand or gently caressing your forehead as you drift off to sleep.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.