Last night I awoke with a thought about National Geographic and how we had enrolled in a year’s subscription for $10.00 and had not received the magazine. It seemed like a lot of weeks, even perhaps months, have gone by since we sent our check. My, oh, my. My brain liked chewing on this little worry. Was this a scam? Is there something I should do? My mind had turned on all alerts, calling me right out of sleep! Alarm! Alarm!
But I know about worrisome thoughts. I know they can’t be trusted in the middle of a night’s sleep. So I began this fun exercise. It worked so well, I thought I’d share it with you.
I began painting pictures in my mind. I drew a lovely scenic ocean view with lots of warm sand and bright waves gently crashing on the shore. It gave me a moment to change gears. Then, because I had recently read about the ability of cells to feel happiness, I began to think about all the cells in my body. I pictured these cells as jolly, giggling spheres of motion. I pictured the cells in my blood letting themselves be pushed through my veins and arteries. These cells were happy! They were enjoying the ride! I had an all new understanding of the song, “I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy, deep in my heart!”
Joy lives in energy! That was my happy discovery in the middle of the night. And as I gave attention to all the celebration taking place in my toes, my feet, my legs, my stomach, my heart, my lungs, my throat, my face, my brain, I fell back to sleep.
I awake this morning with a smile on my face. Good morning to you! Hope this little exercise helps you too.