When you can’t sleep try praying

Now I lay me down to sleep,

At the end of the day this is about not doing or having to do another thing before you fall asleep.  It’s about letting go of control with the hope that a good night’s sleep will replenish your mind (with everything that the stresses of the day has taken away), will refresh it and enable you to “reboot” it to take on the next day playing with a full deck.

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

Increasingly, more people believe that letting go of control risks losing control and then being out of control which risks never being able to get back in control and to the place you left off.  Also, increasingly more people are having trouble trusting things to chance (or other people), believing that doing so will make their life worse.  When we fall asleep we know that we have little control over where our minds and dreams and nightmares will take us. Therefore “praying for the Lord” to watch over your mind is praying that  if it does fall apart, He will safely guide it to come back together.

If I shall die before I wake,

And if by chance your mind falls apart and worse, fragments (which is a fear many people with PTSD have which may explain why they sleep so poorly and startle so easily) and doesn’t come back this not only leaves you in limbo, it leaves you in a state of terror that is not tolerable or even livable.

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

If and when pain and suffering become truly unbearable and you feel as if it has no chance of getting better, most people would want to be put out of their misery.  This is about not just being put out of your misery, but also praying that if you go to another place (a.k.a. Heaven) that it be a place where you no longer have to endure that pain and suffering.

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Mark Goulston, M.D. is a business advisor, consultant, speaker, trainer and coach trained as a clinical psychiatrist who honed his skills as an FBI/police hostage negotiation trainer who increases people’s ability to get through to anyone. He is Co- Founder of Heartfelt Leadership whose Mission is: Daring to Care and Go Positive Now and is the Resident Big Brother at Business Women Rising and serves on the Board of Advisers of American Women Veterans and Dr. Oz’ foundation, Health Corps. He is the author of international best selling book, “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone (AMACOM, $24.95) which has reached #1 at amazon kindle in six business categories, #1 in China and Germany , #1 in audible audiobooks and has been translated into fourteen languages. Dr. Goulston and his book was also a PBS special entitled “Just Listen with Dr. Mark Goulston.” His next book, REAL INFLUENCE: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In, co-authored with Dr. John Ullment will be the lead book for the American Management Association in January, 2013 and will focus on influencing people in a post-selling world. Dr. Goulston’s development of those skills started with his education: a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.D. from Boston University, post graduate residency in psychiatry at UCLA. He went on to be a professor at UCLA’s internationally renowned Neuropsychiatric Institute for more than twenty years, become a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2004-2005 and again in 2009 and 2011 by Washington, D.C. based Consumers’ Research Council of America. A partial list of companies, organizations and universities he has trained, spoken to, provided executive coaching to or consulted with include: GE, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, Deutsche Bank, Hyatt, Accenture, Astra Zenica, British Airways, Sodexo, ESPN, Kodak, Federal Express, YPO, YPOWPO India, Association for Corporate Growth, FBI, Los Angeles District Attorney, White & Case, Seyfarth Shaw, UCLA Anderson School of Management, USC, Pepperdine University. He is or has been a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and is the best selling author of four prior books including the international best seller, Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior (Perigee, $13.95) Get Out of Your Own Way at Work…and Help Others Do the Same (Perigee, $14.95), is a contributor to Harvard Business, blogs for the Huffington Post, Business Insider writes the Tribune media syndicated column, Solve Anything with Dr. Mark, column on leadership for FAST COMPANY, Directors Monthly. He is frequently called upon to share his expertise with regard to contemporary business, national and world news by television, radio and print media including: Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, Los Angeles Times, ABC/NBC/CBS/Fox/CNN/BBC News, Oprah, Today. Dr. Goulston lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.