What Makes a Bedtime Story?

What Makes a Bedtime Story?

The Bedtime Stories We Tell Ourselves and Others: Part 1 of 4 If you asked me ten years ago, hypothetically, “What is a bedtime story?” I’d reply with something like, “A story is a tale of what happened. It could be either true or make-believe. A bedtime story is simply a story that’s told before…

The Power of the Serenity Prayer

The Power of the Serenity Prayer

It happens to every man. Sometimes you feel powerless. You feel like you’re a member of the security detail on Star Trek, the crewmembers who are always anonymously getting killed. You’re doomed to defeat. Sometimes you feel like someone who goes up against Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan in a martial arts movie. Figuratively or…

Have a Gratitude Thinkcation

Have a Gratitude Thinkcation

You’d be better off if you had Thanksgiving every day. Not the eating part. If you had a Thanksgiving feast every day you might end up extremely overweight. That wouldn’t be good for your health. I’m referring to the giving thanks part of Thanksgiving, the part where people having the dinner together sometimes go around…

Morning Affirmations are Mental Medicine

Morning Affirmations are Mental Medicine

Taking medicine first thing in the morning is common. It’s easy to remember. It can be done after using the commode, washing hands, and brushing your teeth. You can wait until after breakfast, too. Morning affirmations should be thought of as a pill too; a thought pill. They go down best when they’re short, simple,…

Never Let Yourself Become Sleep Deprived

Never Let Yourself Become Sleep Deprived

Some people lead a staid, predictable life.  Lucky them. They can count on being at home almost all the time.   They’ve got a consistent routine. They’re the furthest they can be from sleep deprivation. Nothing bad ever seems to happen to them. They live in a place with quiet neighbors or space between the…

Make the Best Mattress Decision Possible

Make the Best Mattress Decision Possible

If you’ve got thousands of dollars to spend on a mattress, save some time. You don’t need to read this article. Physically go to one of the mattress stores and have at buying one. You’re a lucky person. This article isn’t for you. If you’ve got a more modest budget, you certainly don’t want to…

Blue Opossum Replies

Blue Opossum Replies

In a previous post, I compared several weeks of my dream journal to Blue Opossum’s. He responded to the April 12 blog post by e-mail. Blue Opossum is a metacognitive dreamer, meaning he’s aware of a whole lot of his dreams, far more than most people. There are misconceptions in your post, but that is…

Compare Yourself to Yourself

Compare Yourself to Yourself

Understanding yourself better using your dream journal (Part 7/7) When you compare your dream journal to someone else’s, you’re seeing the inner mind of someone very different from you, no matter who they are. They have a different personality, different experiences, and different roles and reasons for being. Those differences are just a start. It…

I Compare My Dream Journal

I Compare My Dream Journal

Understanding yourself better using your dream journal (Part 6/7) Blue Opossum (a pseudonym) is a K-12 educator from Australia. He has an incredibly detailed recall of his dreams and a heightened awareness of the different stages of sleep. He’s got a real gift. Born in 1960, his dream journal, for practical purposes, starts in 1963…

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