By Nina Zipkin
If you’ve been having restless nights and can’t turn your brain off long enough to get some sleep, there is an unexpected remedy for your insomnia: finding your purpose.
It may seem a bit abstract, but a recent study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that having purpose in your daily life leads to fewer sleep disturbances and an improved quality of sleep.
The study looked at a group of older adults — 823 participants ranging in age from 60 to 100 who had full command of their mental faculties. The researchers had the participants fill out two surveys, one with 10 questions about purpose in life — i.e. “I feel good when I think of what I’ve done in the past and what I hope to do in the future” — and another with 32 questions about sleep.
In particular, the researchers found that people who felt their lives had meaning were 63 percent less likely to have sleep apnea — when you have pauses in your breathing during sleep –and 52 percent less likely to have restless leg syndrome. They also saw better sleep quality in those who answered the purpose questions affirmatively.
So the next time you find yourself up in the middle of the night, instead of counting sheep, think about what will make you excited to get up in the morning and figure out the steps you need to take in order to achieve that goal.
We are taught to “never burn bridges”, which is true given the context. However, there is a reverse to this and there are bridges that need to burn, not only with toxic people but with ideals and beliefs that no longer serve to improve or aid in our growth/development. There are people who have made or still make us believe the worst about ourselves, and unfortunately we buy into it. Those are bridges that need to burn. Our oppressors, suppressors, abusers, enemies to our well being; those are bridges that need to burn. Our past or painful experiences from our past; those are bridges that deserve to burn. May those bridges burn and light the way to who and what we were born to be.
Originally published 5.9.10
By Nicole Momperousse, Guest Blogger
If you are reading this blog post, then it may be safe for me to assume that you also have a twitter account. (smile) Like many, I tend to use twitter as a release, a venting tool, or sounding board for my thoughts, ideas, and way too often a wasteland for my emotions. You too? LOL
Just the other day I tweeted about a statement my daughter made to me…and my emotional reaction to â€œMommy I want to be just like youâ€â€¦just typing those words again brings â€œITâ€ all backâ€¦Yes I said â€œITâ€â€¦ â€œITâ€ being that constant state of uncertainty that we as mothers live with either in silence or sometimes out loud like I did on twitter, where I stated that I will write a letter to my daughter expressing to her why ideally I wish for her NOT to be â€œjust likeâ€ me.
I felt inclined to share this letter considering the responses I received from my tweets and Motherâ€™s Day being observed today. Please read.
From the moment I laid eyes on you, I knew that there was no way I could love another living being as I do you. I want you to know that every day that I watch you grow, I pray for you to be brave enough to face your fears; to fail and have the will to recover and to maintain the esteem and confidence you now have throughout your adolescence and adult life.
It makes me so proud to know that you want to be just like me. Are you sure? Especially considering the amount of time youâ€™ve spent punished in recent weeks (smile). I know that it may not always seem like Iâ€™m being fair, or that I understand. But I was once your age, so Iâ€™m still young enough to remember what itâ€™s like to be a tweenager!
You, my first born have taught me so much about my own capabilities and have inspired me to continue on my own dream path. Itâ€™s never too late to improve your life and do what it is that makes you happy, so I thank God & YOU for choosing ME to be your Mom!!Love you till infinity,
Many of you know little about me. However, if youâ€™ve read my previous piece written for Brother Jesseâ€™s Blog then you know quite a bit about me!
Becoming a mother has been the most bittersweet experience of my life. My own mother passed away almost 16 years ago, my father and all of my grandparents are also deceased. I have only one male sibling. For years I convinced myself that the life my mother led and her loss would not impede on my lifeâ€¦and it didnâ€™t until I too became a mother.
I canâ€™t ask anyone what I was like when I was baby or what I used to do at the stages both of my girls are currently at in their lives now. To say that my mothering experience has been trial and error would be an understatement. I remember bringing Cheyenne home from the hospital alone because my husband at the time had to work. She was born prematurely & spent an extra week in the hospital to reach the 5lb requirement to be released. Before I could remove her snowsuit she started to hiccup violently. Scared the living daylights out of me!!
The absolute most difficult and rewarding JOB in the world is to be a motherâ€¦ I beg you to differ. (smile)
Peace & Blessings!
Originally published 11.24.09
by Jesse Muhammad
It’s Tuesday morning.
Another day has presented itself for you to do something extraordinary.
You look in the mirror and say “Man, I am great”.
No matter how large the problems may seem, you’re focused. You’re confident. You know it can be done today.
Then it happens.
A naysayer from inside or outside of you creeps in to impact your excitement. From within, the naysayer comes in the form of fear, doubt and even low self-esteem. Outside it could be a negative text message, a draining email, gossiping conversation or a phone call with so-called constructive criticism. All of a sudden you become stagnate. Your energy is diminished. Your fire has went out and you haven’t even left your house yet.
What happened? The naysayers got the best of you.
But today you choose to ignore the naysayers because you’re operating on another level. You’re playing chess while the naysayer is still playing checkers. Your thoughts are not the same. Your moves are not the same. Your objectives are not the same. The boards may look the same but tactics and strategies are different. It’s chess not checkers to some of us.
Originally published 2.14.09
Some of you may have clicked this blog entry because after reading the TITLE you may have had the crazy thought that I was about to start a beef with Russell….come on now, be honest. Just joking. (smile)
But seriously this response to Russell is about his present blog titled “What Inspires You?”. Since he set a theme, I wanted to respond by sharing my thoughts on INSPIRATION, DESIRE AND TRUE LOVE.
To read the Full article Click: Brother Jesse’s Global Grind Blog