June 18, 2018
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We seek freedom. It’s Jesus’s promise, “I come that you might know the truth and in that truth be free.” But we are not free if our beliefs are limiting. The beliefs that separate, “I’m right.” “You’re wrong.” They are beliefs that distort the truth and keep us bound in our little minds. We all long to be free, to wake up to the promise of God’s love for us and creation in its fullness. There is a pure heart in all of us that doesn’t want to be bound by these crippling, separating beliefs. Let us awaken!
Alcohol and Sleep
by Tuck Sleep Foundation
Alcohol causes drowsiness. This has led to the popular misconception that it can aid sleep. Up to 20 percent of Americans report using alcohol as a sleep aid. However, alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep, as well as how long you can expect to sleep. Alcohol consumption before bed causes interrupted sleep, due to side effects such as night sweats and disturbed REM sleep.
Alcohol dependence and sleep disorders are often co-morbid – people suffer both at the same time. Alcohol-related sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, and daytime fatigue.
by Tuck Sleep Foundation
What is insomnia?
Doctors define insomnia as difficulty falling or staying asleep at least three nights a week for three months or more. This is considered chronic insomnia, experienced by about half of the people with insomnia.
The other half experience one of the disoder’s other forms, most likely short-term insomnia. Short-term insomnia is defined as insomnia that lasts less than three months. Other types of insomnia include sleep-onset insomnia, or difficulty falling asleep, and sleep-maintenance insomnia, or trouble staying asleep.
Sleep specialists also refer to “rebound insomnia,” a type of short-term insomnia that occurs after you stop taking sleep aids. This doesn’t mean the sleep aid was addictive. Rebound insomnia can occur even with non-habit-forming herbal sleep supplements, because the brain forms a psychological dependence on any sleep aid that’s used regularly. That’s why it’s best to try correcting insomnia by improving sleep hygiene and making other lifestyle adjustments before resorting to sleeping pills or supplements of any kind. Rebound insomnia generally causes one to two days of sleep disturbance, but it can worsen chronic insomnia.View more online ...
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.
Relaxing Music for Meditation. Soothing Background Music for Stress Relief, Yoga, Massage, Sleep
by Meditation Relax Music
Meditation Relax Music Channel presents Relaxing Video with calming nature scenery and peaceful music for meditation, concentration and balance, pilates, stretching, and other relaxing ways. This relaxing composition with water nature sounds can be used as chakra healing music, music for stress relief, yoga music, sleep music, study music, music for massage , spa music and total relaxation music. Play this relaxing video during your therapy, increase your mental health. Relax your mind and body from depression with this calming Music Video. Have a perfect relaxation!
Deep Sleep Guided Meditation for Unlocking Your Sacred Spirit Wisdom
by Michael Sealey
Hypnosis - Hypnotherapy - Guided Meditation - Sleep Relaxation Hi, my name is Michael and welcome to my channel, where I hope you can stop by to relax, listen in, and see for yourself the power of positive hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state of often deeply felt relaxation and focused attention, where positive suggestions can be more easily accepted by our subconscious minds. Imagine a fantastic and tranquil state of daydreaming, and that is very close to hypnosis.
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Joyce Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth - email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Partington – lakehavenministries.com
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Judy Ringler -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – email@example.com
Carol Topping - firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Tradowsky -- email@example.com
Laurie Tucker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tribute to Valerie Stultz
We are saddened at the sudden death of this beautiful Spiritual Director, pastor and friend. We ask that you hold in your thoughts and prayers Cara and Steve Stultz Costello, and the family of this saint now among the Church Triumph. Thank you Valerie for how you touched our lives with love, encouragement and joy.
14 Affirmations For When You’re Around Someone Negative
by Kathryn Drury Wagner
Remember the Debbie Downer sketches on “Saturday Night Live”? Played by Rachel Dratch, the character had the ability to bring a depressing commentary to any occasion. Order a nice, juicy steak? She’d look worried and mention Mad Cow disease. Bring up an upcoming vacation, and she’d be sure to discuss the threat of a hurricane. Cue the wah-wah sad trombone.
We all know someone like this—maybe it’s a co-worker, a relative, or even a friend. Negative personalities not only live under a perpetual cloud, they seem most content when they’ve passed their anxiety on to those around them. They can be exhausting to be around, as you practically need a steel shield to keep the negative vibes from ruining your own day. Hmm, a shield. That’s not such a bad idea. Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.
What affirmations do you use if you’re feeling drained by someone’s negative energy?
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