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How an alarm clock will help you sleep better

Do you sleep with your cellphone nearby?   Are you scrolling through social media up until the moment you fall asleep?  Do you check for new messages when you get up to go to the bathroom at 3 a.m.? Do you check your phone first thing when you wake up?

If so, it’s gotta stop!

I’m not sure exactly how or when I stopped using an alarm clock and began using my cell phone to wake me up, but like many of you I’ve been sleeping with my iPhone within arm’s reach.  I thought that since my phone was on Airplane Mode it wouldn’t harm my health.  But I was wrong! [TWEET IT]

Here’s why:

Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime.  Yikes! I’ve been looking at that little screen up until the moment I turn the phone off and roll over to go to sleep!

And it’s not just the light that’s harmful.  A 2008 study funded by major mobile phone makers showed that people exposed to mobile radiation took longer to fall asleep and spent less time in deep sleep.

“The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected,” the study concluded.

The solution?
An old-fashioned alarm clock.

Choose one that only lights up when you press a button or has an amber, orange or red light (those colors are best for restful sleep)

Also, choose one that wakes you up with a sound that isn’t shocking to your nervous system.

 

A good night’s sleep can enhance:

Digestion
Hormone Balance
Metabolism
Mood
Muscle Repair
Cognitive Function
And much more…

So do yourself a favor. Use an alarm clock and leave your cell phone in another room (or at least 6 feet away from your bed on airplane mode).

Here’s to your healthy sleep!

First thing in the morning: Do THIS not THAT.

If the only prayer you ever say
in your entire life is
“Thank You,”
it will be enough.

~ Meister Eckhart

 

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I recently moved and lost my landline, so instead of having a telephone and an alarm clock on my nightstand, I now have a cell phone there.  (on airplane mode to lower EMF exposure)

WHOA……I had NO IDEA that using my cell phone as an alarm clock could have such a deleterious effect on my morning routine!   It’s so tempting to look at Social Media, emails, texts and (God forbid) the ‘news’ before even getting out of bed.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, this is NOT OKAY.  

It’s bad for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health to start your day by checking in with the outside world before checking in with your inside world.

Even though I’ve had a dedicated morning practice for years, I was easily seduced into reading emails, texts and social media posts while still snuggled under the covers when I began using my cell phone to wake me up.  It didn’t take long to notice the negative effects:  I was more anxious than usual.  My mind was scattered.    I skipped my morning practice, so my body was tight and I felt disconnected from Source.  I needed caffeine to get going.  And, worst of all, I felt aimless.

DON’T START YOUR DAY LIKE THAT!

DO THIS INSTEAD:

  1. If you use your cell phone as an alarm clock, switch it to airplane mode to lower EMF exposure.  If you MUST leave your phone on, make sure it’s at least 6 feet away from your bed.
  2. When you wake up, take a few minutes while still in bed to breathe and listen to this gratitude meditation I recorded for you while I was leading a Bliss Retreat in Mexico last week.  Gratitude has been shown to enhance every area of life by scientists, philosophers and mystics alike….and it’s a MUCH more beautiful way to start your day. <Tweet It>


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Click here to download the gratitude meditation I recorded for you while sitting on the beach in the early morning hours as last week’s full moon was setting.

May your days be filled with gratitude.

Sending you peace: a short meditation I made just for you.

Dear Ones,

I’m on day 3 of leading my annual women’s Bliss Retreat.  Each morning I wake up rested before 5 a.m. and sit on the balcony of my jungle palapa.  The sky is like black velvet sprinkled with brilliant diamonds.  It’s so easy to meditate here.  The sounds of the ocean waves harmonize with my own breath and I drop into a state of deep peacefulness and calm.

This morning I finished my meditation as the sun was rising and had the idea to record a short meditation for you…..to share the sound of the ocean waves and to support you in finding peace and calm amidst the chaos of “normal” life.

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A peaceful meditation for you.

Con abrazos,

Deb

Two Secrets to Surviving Chaos

I’m going to cut to the chase.

In my community and in my family, there’s been a lot of chaos in the last few weeks.

So I thought I’d share the two most powerful tools I have for surviving times like this.

Surrender
Surrender gets a bad rap because people think it means ‘giving up.’ But the kind of surrender I’m talking about means letting go of the way you think things ‘should’ be going, releasing all your frustration and fear, and aligning yourself with Divine Will.

I learned the following petition from Robert Fritchie (who teaches a course on how to heal with Divine Love at http://www.WorldServiceInstitute.org) and I use it often:

“With my soul, I accept Divine Love and surrender my will to the Creator’s Will.  I acknowledge (state the problem here) and ask that the source of this (problem) be released and corrected with Divine Love according to the Creator’s Will.”

Dance

Dancing helps move all the fear, frustration, anxiety, worry, confusion and anger out of my body  – which makes true surrender possible.

Here’s the playlist I used today.  My best advice is to put this music on, let it move you, and then at the end…when you’re all danced out…. lie on the floor and surrender.

 

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Blessings of peace and comfort,
Deb

Finding Ecstasy in the Laundry

There’s no way around it. As a single mom, this time of year is chaotic! Last week my son turned 18 and competed in 5 days of intense swim meets. When I say intense, I mean leaving the house early in the morning with meals and snacks packed and not coming home until after 9 pm…while managing my business from an iPhone with spotty reception in a humid, loud, chlorine filled natatorium.

One mom next to me was ordering teacher gifts from her phone while grading papers of her own. Another was handling texts from multiple kids while consoling her daughter who hadn’t performed as she had hoped. And we were all cheering for each other’s kids.

By the end of the week I was exhausted and behind in everything. Despite my best intentions, I had not exercised or eaten as well as I had hoped. And I came home to piles of laundry, unanswered mail and an empty fridge.

Sound familiar?

I feel certain I’m not the only one who has weeks like this. So I thought I’d share a simple and surprising way I began to feel more balanced and calm right away.

My mind was racing, but as I pulled clothes out of the dryer and began to iron my son’s pants, I found myself silently saying prayers to the rhythm of the movement of my arm. “May you be confident and kind. May you stand strong for your convictions. May you enjoy this week. May you always know you are loved. May you remember everything for your finals…..”

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Suddenly the chaos of the week faded into the background. I enjoyed finding new blessings to iron into each pair of pants and I began to feel peace, joy….even ecstasy!

You don’t have to go to church or a yoga class to pray. Peace can be found in everyday chores. (TWEET IT)

As you move through your normal routine over the next few weeks, see if you can find peace in the chaos….ecstasy in the ordinary. And when you do, please write and tell me about the ways you’ve done it. I would love to add them to my repertoire.

Wishing you joy,
Deb

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