“However vague they are, dreams have a way of concealing themselves and leave us no peace until they are translated into reality, like seeds germinating underground, sure to sprout in their search for the sunlight.”
~ Lin Yutang (b.1895 – d.1976) – Chinese writer and inventor.
Have you ever thought of a brilliant idea in your sleep, only to wake up and find that you can’t remember it?
I hate it when that happens!
Last night, a few really good ideas for one of my chapters came to me and, being a light sleeper, I should have had the sense to wake up and jot them down but …. no, I decided to go back to sleep!
And now, for the life of me, I can’t bloody well remember them!
I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to retrace my thoughts ….
… still drawing a blank.
Maybe they’ll come back to me again tonight. Fingers crossed.
So this begs the question: Why does this happen? Why? WHY?
Is it because we:
- are sleep-deprived?
- suffer from too much stress?
- don’t meditate enough?
- lack vitamins?
- don’t eat enough seafood?
- are growing old (er)?
It could be any one, a combination, or all of the above.
As I’ve said many times before (maybe one day I’ll take my own advice!), the recipe for a healthy mind, body and spirit lies in one, simple practice: Balance.
“We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance.”
~ Dr. Kathleen Hall, Author and Stress Expert
When we maintain a balanced life, we operate at peak level. Our minds are stimulated. We think well and sleep well. We dream. And, amazingly, we recall/remember. Here are a few tried and true tips to achieve Balance:
- Rest. Insomniacs are not able to function optimally. The brain needs to rest, in order to operate at its best.
- Meditate. Take a break and relax the mind. Gather our thoughts. Sit in silence. Regroup. This will bring us clarity of thought and completely re-energize us.
- Exercise. Do not omit this step! The process is simple: cardiovascular exercise → improves blood flow to the brain → thus optimizing brain function.
- Eat healthy. And, do NOT skip breakfast. Nuts (unless allergic), fresh fruit, green veggies and, yes, fish!
- Reduce your alcohol consumption. Especially two hours before we sleep. Alcohol is a depressant and it slows down/impairs mental function.
- Turn off the tellie (TV)! It’s a brain drain and, for the most part, a waste of valuable time.
- Stop relying on gadgets and exercise our minds. Do we really need to use a calculator for simple math? Do we really need to use the GPS every time? Isn’t it fun and adventurous to discover a new place … by chance?
- Read a good book. Reading helps us process ideas and thoughts. It stimulates the imagination.
- Laugh and laugh often. Laughter is a great tonic for the brain and the spirit. Blood pressure goes down, and the “feel-good” endorphins flow to the brain. Play the song “I Love to Laugh“ (from Mary Poppins) – remember that one? Laughter is infectious … in a good way!
On that note, I shall go and fetch my notebook. I just remembered the ideas and need to jot them down, lest I forget again!
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