Lightly Child, Lightly.

1 a.m.: Lie here then. Just lie here. What of it? It’s just lying here. Think of good things… Try to calm the banging heart.



  • Photo: Katia Chausheva (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) with Ariel amoureuse (via Mennyfox55)
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”




  1. Yes, if you can’t sleep, you might as well obsess on good things. 😊

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  2. Yes.

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  3. Yes and yes…
    I’d rather be sleeping but this is the next best thing.

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  4. Listen to the dogs and husband snore…

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  5. Like last night…

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  6. embrace it rather than fight it. a moment of calm in a sea of noise.

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  7. Bad night?

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  8. 😦 Is it partly due to July’s greater humidity? And have you tried the age-old nursing assistant’s friend, Benadryl antihistamine caplets? (I can’t seem to recall the good things strongly enough!)

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  9. Oooh. “The banging heart.”

    Know it well — usually at 3am it awakens clamouring for acknowledgement.

    Sorry you’ve been hearing the ‘banging heart’ for the past three nights.

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  10. When I have trouble going to sleep, I count backward from 1000, by sevens. I don’t know if it helps me sleep, but at least it’s better than thinking about the problems of the day! 🙂

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  11. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I’m trying, I’m really trying … proving to be kida vexing!! … “Think of good things … Try to calm the banging heart.” – Samantha Harvey, The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping (Grove Press; May 12, 2020).

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  12. Being a really bad sleeper, the worries great and small visit me…. no good. It’s too hot, HH snores, problems grow to a giant size and my joining thumb and forefinger is so not calming me down. I really do thank in those nights for all the good things happening to me, I pray for the ‘lost’ causes and cases, but I’d so much rather sleep.

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  13. When you practice sitting in stillness on the land each day. You will sleep like a baby. It’s drug free and healthier than any other remedy I know. 🌈

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