A few years ago, I personally went through a terrible phase of insomnia and the plethora of health challenges that accompany it. It was not that suddenly I couldn’t sleep. I had many warnings, that I unfortunately chose to ignore. It started by not being able to sleep once in two months or so – tossing and turning all night… then it became once a month, then once a week.
I still thought – it’s nothing. No big deal. Can’t sleep – will browse the net, play a game, get some work done, talk to friends in Europe and America… As I continued ignoring it, and doing nothing about it, the insomnia really started acting up, and I simply couldn’t sleep at night. I had no idea at that time the consequences of little to no sleep would have been so bad.
I used to love sunsets and the onset of night. The mysterious sounds of nocturnal critters, the twinkling stars, the pale cool light of the moon, and the pleasant evening breeze. Then snuggling up into my bed and surrendering myself to sleep to wake up fresh and alert the next day. I remember how I would look forward to night…
With the insomnia, I started dreading sunsets. Night would mean anxiety. As the lights would get switched off and others in the house would go to bed, I would feel abandoned and lost in my own private hell of sleeplessness. I would look at my bed and think – oh no – not one more night of torture.
The quality of my life deteriorated. I simply didn’t have the energy or focus I required to do things I loved most. I was hardly teaching any Art of Living courses. Rarely playing the piano. Had no interest in cooking or eating good food. I was generally irritable, chronically tired and supremely frustrated.
Then, just as I thought, it cannot get any worse, it did. I developed full blown panic and anxiety attacks. I still shudder when I think of this – and spare you the description of those horrific hours here. I just want to say this to whoever is reading this if you are going through this, I totally feel your pain and your anguish. And I want to say too that there is a happy ending. I managed to reclaim my sleep naturally, without resorting to any sort of allopathic intervention – I was lucky to have a doctor who told me that she wouldn’t give me any pills. She said – You know how to fix yourself. Do it.
I did it. You can do it too.
As I started sleeping well again, I regained my health. My customary good sense of humour made a comeback and I fell in love with life all over again.
It was then that Dinesh and I decided to write a book on my journey through the hell of Insomnia and back – that book is called Sleep Your Way to Success – You can get the Audiobook exquisitely narrated by Dinesh by clicking on this link.
Meditation was the most important thing I did throughout that time. Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya were my life line and kept me sane – I still zealously do them every single day.
Besides meditating, I exercised, changed my diet and in general made healthier lifestyle choices. I used the Bach Flower Remedies and in many ways these profoundly effective remedies played a critical part in my recovery. In the book, we talk about all I did, but there is a just a passing reference to the Bach Flower Remedies. Lets talk a bit about how the gentle power of these amazing remedies played a critical role in my journey back to health.
What are the Bach Flower Remedies?
The Bach Flower Remedies are a natural form of alternative medicine that was developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. The remedies are made from infusions of certain flowers and are used to treat a variety of emotional and physical problems. There are 38 different remedies in total, each of which is designed to target a specific issue. For example, there is a remedy for fear, another for anxiety, and another for grief. The 38 remedies in their permutations and combinations can handle more than 2 million states of mind!
How do the Bach Flower Remedies work?
The theory behind the Bach Flower Remedies is that our emotions play a big role in our physical health. Negative emotions can lead to very physical problems. The remedies are designed to target these negative emotions, resolve them and help us feel more balanced.
There are many benefits of using the Bach Flower Remedies.
Here are just a few:
-The remedies are gentle and safe to use. They have no side effects and can be used by people of all ages.
-The remedies are easy to take. You simply add a few drops to half a glass of water and drink that four times a day.
-The Bach Flower Remedies can be used in conjunction with any other treatment, such as medication or therapy. I personally don’t know of any contraindication whatsoever for their usage.
-The remedies are affordable and can be found at most health food stores. I sell the Bach Flower Remedies on my website. Click this link to see if some are available.
I have studied the remedies with the Bach Centre, UK and am certified to assist others figure out an appropriate personal mix. 38 remedies and all their myriad of combinations can be overwhelming. I have personally helped many, many people over the last decade get over a all sorts of emotional challenges, including sleep issues with the help of the Bach Flower Remedies.
I am also certified to teach all three levels of the Bach Centre, UK (and the first Indian to be a Level 3 teacher) towards becoming a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner.
9 times out of 10, a racing, anxious or impatient mind is the reason people cannot sleep well. Or it could be some past traumatic event that’s still haunting them. It’s quite common that the reason for sleeplessness is heavily linked to the emotional state of mind. The Bach Flower Remedies provide great relief from this emotional turmoil. Thus people who may have not slept well for ages find that they can soon sleep easily and deeply. The smile returns to their faces as they regain control of their life.
Consulting and Training with Me
You can set up an appointment with me and I can assist you to figure out the best possible remedy mix for your current condition. The Bach Flower Remedies can reveal some surprising aspects about you, that you may not have known – they can act as a catalyst for exploring your own emotional landscape. And when you understand yourself better, you tend to understand others better as well. You just might find that better sleep is not all you will gain from using the Bach Flowers.
If you wish to study the Bach Flowers in greater detail, then I would invite you to attend the Bach Centre, UK certified trainings with me. In a while, you could develop a professional practice with the remedies which could even translate into a nice secondary source of income for you. Learn more about the courses I offer by clicking here.
If you are struggling with sleep, I heartily recommend that you try the Bach Flower Remedies. They are a safe and effective way to improve your sleep quality without resorting to conventional medication. Remember, however, that for the maximising impact, the remedies should be used in conjunction with other lifestyle changes, such as exercising, meditating and eating a healthy green diet.
To get you started, here are a few of my favourite remedies that I have found help with sleep-related issues:
–Aspen: This remedy is for vague and unknown fears. It can help to ease the mind of anxieties and worries that may keep you up at night.
–White Chestnut: This remedy is for intrusive thoughts and unwanted mental chatter. It can help to quiet the mind and bring peace of mind and better sleep.
–Rock Rose: This remedy is for fear and terror. It can help to ease fears that lead to nightmares or night terrors.
–Olive: This remedy is for extreme tiredness and fatigue. Sometimes you are so very tired, yet you cannot sleep. Olive can help you relax, unwind and drift off into slumber. It can help to increase alertness and energy levels.
–Impatiens: This remedy is for impatience and irritability. It can help to calm an overactive mind and ease tension that could lead to insomnia.
–Star of Bethlehem: This remedy is for past grief and trauma. It can help to ease the pain of loss, resolve trauma and bring peace.
It is worth mentioning that it is best to consult with a qualified Bach Therapist to help you choose the right remedies for your individual needs. The Bach Remedies are simple, but not simplistic. They can be a catalyst for fantastic change and transformation in your life.
If you are struggling with sleep, you really don’t need to suffer more. Grab a copy of the audiobook of Sleep Your Way to Success and listen to it. Learn more about the Bach Flower Remedies and use them. You will be pleasantly surprised when you see how they can help you get the restful sleep you need to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.
DInesh and I are on a mission to empower 1 million people (or more) harness the awesome power of sleep to create the life they have always been dreaming of. We are creating an Online workshop that will ensure 7 star quality sleep and hence dramatically improved quality of life – Join us on this journey.
Here is to Great Sleep, the Sweetest of Dreams and Resounding Success!