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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

And here’s another form of sleep inducing behaviour that you might wish to try out. You will recall from my last letter, how it is that body temperature drops a whole degree in sleep. But do you know that you … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep..…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

By this time I had come to know my patient pretty well and clearly she felt comfortable with me and trusted my judgment. Moreover, she was at her wits end and urgently required help if things were ever to improve. … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

You will recall how in a previous blog entitled “Stress can be good for you”, we discussed the need for ‘waves of recovery and growth’. Well the simple truth is that sleep is directly implicated in arguably the most important … Continue reading

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“…Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Continuing on from the previous blog, there, quite typically at this point, occurs evidence of change, different to anything witnessed hitherto. The EEG pattern returns to small and rapid oscillations; the EMG line also flattens out, whereas the EOG now … Continue reading

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Sleep is the best Medicine. (Cont’d fro previous blog).

Whenever I hear people talking about sleep, I think of my own mother, who – so it seemed to me as a child – appeared to ‘prescribe’ it for almost every ailment and eventuality in life. “What you need” she … Continue reading

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Beyond Self. (Continuation of previous posting)

.Returning to the Promethean myth for a further moment, referred to in my previous posting, we may well maintain that fire – or to use the language of these blogs – mind and its potential for the recognition of spirit … Continue reading

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Beyond Self. (Continuation of previous posting).

What we have just described in the final paragraphs of the previous blog, is something to which I guess the overwhelming majority of us can relate to in our own day and age. However, for us it is unlikely to … Continue reading

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Beyond Self. (Continuation of previous posting).

.First of all, let me, as promised, briefly recap by amplifying somewhat the contents of the previous blog. Spirituality – so we have established – is as integral to life as is the air that surrounds us. Our word “spirit” … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost: practice makes perfect. (Cont’d from previous blog).

Having established – on the basis of empirical evidence where available – that those approaches briefly reviewed, i.e. autogenic training, visualization, meditation, progressive relaxation, auto-suggestion, are viable and potentially productive, we are now nearing the challenge posed by key questions … Continue reading

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Beyond Self. (Continuation of previous posting)

.Some describe religion quite simply as a belief in spiritual power emanating and radiating from and through spiritual beings. Others have worked out more elaborate definitions to do with beliefs and practices prescribing patterns of behaviour, which in turn possess … Continue reading

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