Monday, February 20, 2012

Ah! Finally! A Good Night's Sleep

I had been sick and worried about it and, true to my nature, I just couldn't sleep. Tried any number of things, didn't like the side effects, and then decided to double down with my own Restful Sleep formula. Frequently when insomnia gets to be a long term habit, as was true for me, using a little Restful Sleep formula just before bed isn't enough. It's the exact opposite of what you'd do with a heavy duty tranquilizer but when using flower essences and aromatherapy it makes a lot of sense to use it two or three days in a row twice a night.

I put some on about three hours or so before I would typically go to bed and felt the relaxing effects right away. I tend to run a line of the oil all the way up and down the center line of my body on the back and front, add a little extra to my solar plexus (I hold a lot of extra tension there) and rubbed the oil left on my hands on my legs. This formula is very grounding and serves to bring energy bound up in worry and thinking too much "down to earth". You just feel the tension drain away. For me, it literally feels like energy I'm holding higher in my body moves down into the ground.

Unfortunately, the first night I felt all these things but still didn't sleep very well. So I did it again the next night and things greatly improved! I had a little trouble falling asleep but within a relatively short time I drifted off and slept all night long. The next night... total success! I'll be keeping it up until the tendency to keep myself awake with excessive thinking is gone. That means I'll use it nightly until I forget to use it and sleep anyway. (You may prefer to do something more disciplined but it works for me!)

I recommend the 2 oz. massage/body/bath oil size at the bottom of this page. It's the most economical option. And getting a massage and pouring a little in the bath is a great way to get in the mood for a good night's sleep!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Artist's Way to a Better Life

Red-Throated Hummingbird print
Hanif Kureishi wrote an interesting editorial in the New York Times recently. In it he says "As we as a society become desperate financially, and more regulated and conformist, our ideals of competence become more misleading and cruel, making people feel like losers." The importance in pulling our attention away from this -- to envision the lives we'd prefer to lead -- is essential to our growth and well-being. The point of the article was to talk about the importance of distraction as part of the creative process. To begin to redesign our society one has to live like an artist to some extent. To feel free to explore, imagine, daydream, try things out, intend a new outcome, try again.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Zinnia Spiral Notebook

Well, it's a new year and time to re-evaluate past activities and choose better ones. This blog, for instance. I used to write religiously every day, sometimes more often. Now I can't! With a day job and trying to do business activities, too, it's important to prioritize my activities. Facebook has become a more important activity -- better for networking and less need to write volumes. I still think there is a use in sharing my expertise, ideas and experience and still intend to do so but I just don't have the time to do it as often. Still, I notice that if I post ANYTHING the number of people who find my earlier posts go up! Guess that's a Google thing or just a way the internet works -- update a website or blog and it goes higher in a search engine search. So I probably will do so from time to time. But if you'd really like to stay in touch with me, please look me up on Facebook and send a short note with your friend request to tell me you found my blog online. Thanks! (Sheryl Karas)

On a related note, I've been adding new flower designs to items in our Zazzle shop. Here's a favorite on a spiral notebook or lined journal: