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We're all pretty familiar with this instruction. We hear it every time we get onto a plane. Yet how many of us would actually adhere to this warning? I'm almost prepared to bet my life (and my own oxygen mask) that the answer is none'. <a href=''>When</a> she came to my lectures, she complained to me that it was not that she did not sleep well, but that she could not fall asleep at all. <a href=''>When</a> she did go to bed early, she would toss and turn, lost in various worries and conjectures. <a href=''>In</a> fact, many people suffer from insomnia because of anxiety. <a href=''>What</a> they do not know is that the day and night represent yin and yang in nature, and many things should be done in the day because it is the time for movement, when yang energy grows and prospers. <a href=''>By</a> contrast, night is for quiet time and rest, when yang energy declines and yin energy prospers. <a href=''>Therefore,</a> at night, we should put down whatever work we have at hand and have a good rest, if we hope to avoid physical problems. <a href=''>It</a> is important to keep in mind that only with a good rest at night can we work better the next day. <a href=''>I</a> told her that the reason for her insomnia was that she was physically in bed, but mentally elsewhere. <a href=''>If</a> she hoped to fall asleep quickly, she needed to calm her mind first and try not to think of anything. <a href=''>She</a> might try pressing her legs together while sitting on the bed to meditation. <a href=''>Subconscious</a> activation allows access to all the best memories of your life in a way that lets you revisit them as if they're happening in the here and now. <a href=''>This</a> present-moment experience will remind you of the most confident, carefree, jubilant, and joyous times of your life. <a href=''>This</a> experience can actually extinguish your three pitfall thought patterns and negative mantra once and for all. <a href=''>If</a> you are plagued by personalization, when your conscious brain tells you that you didn't get a job because you're not smart enough, your subconscious brain can remind you how brilliant you are--and show you the evidence. <a href=''>Following</a> this SVT experience, at some point in your waking life, you will probably be surprised at how different you feel. <a href=''>The</a> subconscious brain can replace your burden of self-doubt, pessimism, or fear with confidence, optimism, and hope. <br /><br /><a href=''>Step</a> 4 will help you to receive positive feedback for all the accomplishments you've already achieved. <a href=''>Isn't</a> it interesting that this becomes a rare experience for most adults? <a href=''>Have</a> you ever noticed that our adult world tends to focus more on criticism of what we could be doing better? <a href=''>Won't</a> it be so healing to stop and take time to own your successes and strengths? <a href=''>Over</a> time, too little sleep may even result in clinical behavioural problems (such as hyperactivity disorder). <a href=''>None</a> of this is all that surprising, of course, because these responses to lack of sleep are on a par with those we would expect for adults who clock up too few hours of slumber. <a href=''>SLEEP</a> CLINIC <a href=''>Should</a> I let my new baby sleep in my bedroom and, if so, should she be in my bed? <a href=''>Overwhelming</a> evidence suggests that having your baby in your room until he or she is six months old reduces the incidence of SIDS (cot death) by up to 50 percent. <a href=''>No</a> one knows for sure why this is so, but it might simply be that we are more attuned to our baby's breathing rhythm (and so notice if there is a pause in it) and murmurings if he or she is nearby. <a href=''>As</a> a result, I strongly advise keeping your baby in your room with you for the first six months. <a href=''>Keeping</a> your baby in your own bed is called co-sleeping. <a href=''>There's</a> a great deal of controversy over whether or not this is suitable and safe for the baby. <a href=''>The</a> pros are that it's much easier if you're breastfeeding to have your baby in bed with you, and some believe that babies who co-sleep grow up feeling more independent and secure. <a href=''>Encourage</a> them to make their beds each day - it's easy to shake a duvet and plump up a pillow, and it doesn't matter if they don't do it perfectly. <a href=''>Try</a> to get them to put dirty clothes in the laundry basket and keep the floor reasonably clear. <a href=''>Stay</a> focused on what you are creating (more room to play with their friends, to do their homework peacefully and so on) rather than what you are getting rid of. <a href=''>Encourage</a> children to tackle a shelf, a drawer or a box at a time. <a href=''>Set</a> the timer to make it into a game if you think that would help. <a href=''>Consider</a> a sticker chart for very small children so they can appreciate how far they have come. <br /><br /><a href=''>Creating</a> good habits is far more important and and successful in the long run than one-off blitzes which are exhausting and fray everyone's nerves. <a href=''>They</a> often enjoy this, particularly if they're the types who like to share things on social media. <a href=''>A</a> growing sense of independence, privacy and boundaries makes any intervention from you particularly tricky. <a href=''>Do</a> everything you can to help them make their spaces clean and ordered, but know when to pick your battles (see Sharing isn't always caring). <a href=''>And</a> dreams only you can make real. <a href=''>Let</a> every season run its course and every tide ebb and flow, <a href=''>In</a> other words, letting life happen <a href=''>The</a> reason most people worry so much, <a href=''>If</a> ever granted one wish, wish for what is, <a href=''>The</a> trick to being in the right place, at the right time, <a href=''>It</a> always works, there's only love, <a href=''>You</a> can be quite sure, <a href=''>Savor</a> the uncertainties. <a href=''>Seize</a> the possibilities. <a href=''>The</a> wise man does not need yoga to recognise his true nature. <a href=''>One</a> day he just wakes up! <a href=''>It</a> dawns on him that we have always been free from these negative emotions. <a href=''>We</a> have just created an attachment to them. <a href=''>The</a> everyday person like you and me cannot just wake up and be like a Buddha or a Sufi saint. <a href=''>We</a> need to stumble on our true nature in stages. <br /><br /><a href=''>You</a> are the one observer of all, and in reality, have always been free. <a href=''>In</a> an interview for the documentary Who owns yoga? <a href=''>The</a> legendary Dharma Mitra was asked if he ever studied in India. <a href=''>Dharma</a> Mitra replied, I have never been to India in my life. <a href=''>These</a> people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten. <a href=''>As</a> a result, they're unable to tap into the power of undivided focus. <a href=''>In</a> short, they spread themselves too thin, working on too many projects they'll leave unfinished for the most part. <a href=''>Unfortunately,</a> focus cannot be turned on and off at will. <a href=''>Entering</a> deep focus requires time and energy. <a href=''>Whenever</a> you switch from one task to another, there is a definite cost in terms of friction. <a href=''>I</a> define friction here as the loss of mental energy that results from switching tasks. <a href=''>This</a> switching can be physical--by navigating between different projects--or mental--by dividing your thoughts among several projects. <a href=''>You</a> have only so much mental energy available each day. <a href=''>Working</a> on too many projects at once will scatter your focus and severely limit what you can accomplish. <a href=''>I</a> asked if he liked hearing people speak about their troubles or if it wore him down. <a href=''>He</a> said that ever since he was young, he was the guy people would confide in, the shoulder to lean on. <a href=''>I</a> asked if he had ever thought about going into human resources or becoming a counselor. <a href=''>He</a> looked away, embarrassed, and said that his dad had always told him that was girl stuff. <a href=''>Instead,</a> he acquired skills and training as an architect, but his soul was lost, following someone else's opinion of what he should be. <a href=''>Once</a> he discovered his thinking talents, he decided to change roles and became his company's human-resources specialist. <br /><br /><a href=''>A</a> third reason that recognizing thinking talents can be a challenge is that they come so easily to us that they are almost invisible--we often don't realize they make us exceptional. <a href=''>A</a> fifty-two-year-old accountant I met in one of our workshops uncovered his natural talent of humor. <a href=''>He</a> had always known he was able to make people laugh but never considered it a gift. <a href=''>The</a> rest of us listened incredulously as he described how he had thought of his brilliant sense of humor as that old thing. <a href=''>It</a> was terrible to witness such devastation of so many young people. <a href=''>Clearly</a> something infectious was destroying the immune system. <a href=''>Initially,</a> there was a belief that immunity was being impaired by the use of amyl nitrate, thepoppers' used by gay men to relax the anus and heighten the intensity of the orgasm. But heterosexual intravenous drug addicts were also being affected. There were very low numbers of a type of white blood cell called OKT4 (now called CD4). Could this all be due to a virus? By now the condition had been given a name: AIDS, an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. A virus was soon identified, HTLV-3, or human T-lymphotropic virus (now known as HIV). The gay community was in a state of dread. There was no cure and the medicines for these rare infections all eventually failed. And I'm fairly certain you're not Jesse Watters. He's sitting across from me right now, coiffing his hair. LEARN FROM YOUR AUDIENCE The great thing about making mistakes is that if you make a lot of them, then you can give advice. You become an expert in fallibility! You're your own lab rat screwing up every maze.