these days
is a top priority

yep, i make it a priority
(for the first time ever)
to make sure i get as much sleep
(as possible) every night
and i am most grateful today
for a good eight hours of sleep
after a few rough nights
of hourly waking as i wrestle
with a handful of life altering decisions
(not knowing makes sleep elusive for me
which ironically makes decision-making
harder for me)

ya know, i still find it surprising
how so often
our response to what is happening
that we don’t like
that we don’t want
is to do things that make it harder
to get what we do want and like
(like not sleeping
because i don’t know what to do)

sleep is crucial for clarity for me
sleep is much needed
for my health (digestion pains
and headaches serve as reminders here)
for my mental capacity to think wisely (versus
thinking from just surviving, firefighting)
for my heart to open (when tired vulnerability
seems way less appealing, dangerous almost)
for wellness (it’s how we integrate, assimilate,
detoxify, rejuvenate, restore
and know our humanity practically)

it’s amazing
how different i felt this morning
showering off and pouring my morning coffee
there was a restedness that had me moving
slower but without the foggy “i can’t
believe it’s morning” feeling
rather slower because i was calmer
more centered, more grounded,
spacious instead of frantic to get myself online
despite my sleepy

and yes i remember
as a little girl
how sleep was the enemy
a thing grownups insisted
on wasting time with

and yes i remember
as a teenager
wanting to sleep in always
loving long mornings in bed
and no sense of urgency

and yes i remember
in my twenties
not sleeping for days
hopped up on diet pills and caffeine
pushing hard against the rising of the sun
finding sleep hard to find
even when i knew
it had been days
with only a few hours
of half resting

but those days
are long since gone
(despite my resistance
to accepting that)
and i now know
how unquestionably crucial
sleep is for me

how tired is a sign
that it is time
to slow down
get still
tune in
and rest

to practice the pause
to choose self care
to make time for sleep

yes, today
i am reminded (again)
of the significance, power
and gifts of sleep

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.