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Personal entry follows.
For the past few years, I've been ending my night with a brief affirmation I say quietly to myself as I lay down for bed. I've found that this works well for me in finding a way to quickly fall asleep. It's had a few more phrases added to it over time. It goes like this:
Good night everyone, good night everything, good night everywhere, good night every when.
No amount of regret changes the past.
No amount of anxiety changes the future.
Any amount of gratitude changes the present.
Nothing here can hurt me.
From this moment on, I will be even more confident.
My dreams will be sensuous and satisfying.
There are particular reasons I say each segment. As it's been cobbled together over time, I may have forgotten the original reasons but still end up saying them. In that sense, I consider it the closest thing to a "ritual" or prayer to a god - though in this case specifically, no god exists. It's kind of like me just putting those thoughts out there.
I am a strong believer in the idea that we become what we think about. Doing things like this affirmation, no matter how shitty my day had been, makes me feel great. I end up reflecting briefly on the events of the day. If there were mistakes made (like destroying that tire a couple days ago), then I can put them to rest as a learning experience. If there were big wins (like when I took some good photographs, or like today when I replaced a truck's starter motor for the first time), then I rest easy and go to bed in a great mood.
The last sentence was a method for me to fend off any negative dreams and nightmares. I figured that something in my mind was encouraging negative imagery and causing me to be roused by bad dreams and nightmares (which I've written about recently), so by putting myself in a positive frame of mind regarding my dreams, I'd have more pleasant ones.
So far, results have been inconsistent in terms of "sensuous and satisfying," however I've noticed that I can fall asleep very quickly. It's almost as if I look forward to being asleep because of the notion that there's a possibility of having fantastic dreams.
I'm tempted to make note of some of the dreams I've had recently, so I might have time this weekend to reflect on them in another entry.
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