How to Balance Your Chi for Deeper Rest
During an episode of insomnia, someone said, “God gives you the sleep you need.” It seemed blunt at the time, but I got the point: There’s often a purpose to our troubled sleep.
Just acknowledging there’s a lesson behind our insomnia can help, like viewing adversity as a teacher instead of a tormentor. We can choose learning over suffering.
We first stop worrying about sleep, because worry self-perpetuates the problem.
Instead, greet the unexpected late-night guest as a “teacher.” Make a hot beverage and sit down with your insomnia. See what they have to say, as running from a teacher will just delay the lesson.
The sleepy-eyed guide usually just wants us to live a more balanced life, closer to nature, to intuition, to our Source. This can mean an evening walk among trees instead of staring at television, reading a book instead of scrolling on a device, and focusing on peace of mind instead of high thread counts.
Knowing that sleep quality depends on how we spend the day helps. If we’re over-scheduled and stressed, it’s going to take longer to wind down.
And it’s good to “ramp down” from the day as evening approaches, slowing down activities and the mind, so by bedtime we’re already sleepy.
Of course, this can all be easier said than done, and sometimes we need additional help. For me, that arrived in the form of the ancient wisdom found in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
The physical exercises of TCM, which include breathwork and meditation, are called Qigong (“chee-gong”). The practice aims to bring a balanced yet empowered state of mind and body.
George Lucas was inspired by Qigong when he wrote Star Wars, as “The Force” is a metaphor for Chi (which translate to life-force energy).
So let’s approach insomnia like a Jedi would…