Good Night and Good Sleep!

woman-sleeping-glasses-on-bedEver 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 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.

Sweet dreams!


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6 Responses to “Good Night and Good Sleep!”

  1. Francisco Shillander Says:

    Thanks, Phil. This is something I will also try. I’m going to place my troubles underneath a tidy pile of rocks, as I do review each of my favorites often.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I hope it works, Francisco. Please keep me posted.

  3. Julette Millien Says:

    This is sage advice. What a wise carpenter.

    Practicing what we know – what’s up with that challenge! :-) I’ll be more diligent with this approach tonight! It’s so smart to rest the burdens down – or perhaps not even perceive them as such to begin with! Falling asleep to gratitude is very wise and right. I’ll add the angels tonight! :-) Thank you.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m very happy you found this helpful, Julette. It’s very rewarding to pass along helpful things to others. Goo luck and let me now how it works for you.

  5. Jackie Says:

    I have always had a hard time sleeping. In high school I wanted to avoid thinking about my constantly fighting parents, so I never slowed down. At night I’d stay awake doing homework, playing computer games, or watching TV. At times I went two or three nights in a row with no sleep.

    Over the years this behavior became some sort of coping mechanism. In college I was assaulted, and after that my insomnia spiraled out of control. I dreaded the moments before sleep and did everything I could to avoid them. I thought if I just kept busy, I could crash without having to think about anything.

    Late one night I was awake and decided to see if my friend from down the hall was awake too. He was, and invited me in to talk. After explaining my troubles, he suggested the following: Lay in bed and close your eyes. Picture yourself in a room with Jesus. The room is light, and Jesus is sitting next to you. You can talk to him if you like (pray), or just sit together. Either way, know that he is with you all the time, and he watches over you when you sleep.

    It was amazing advice and worked better than any sleeping pill or warm milk ever did! Focusing on a divine presence makes me forget the idea that I am alone and scared. It also reminds me to give thanks for the good things in my life, as you suggested.

    Good night!

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m so glad you fund a solution to such a nightmarish existence, Jackie. Perhaps affirmations will help as well, particularly ones like this:

    Angels, thank you for laying your hands of light on me and sending me your love and healing energies.

    Here is a list of spiritual affirmations I put together. I hope you find them helpful.

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