Out for the night - by Pedro Vallejo

Out for the night - by Pedro Vallejo

Dec 04, 2022

-Out for the night - by Pedro Vallejo

     Another day, a setting sun passes as the time nears to crash for the night.
Thank you Lord ! - for most days, when, I’m out for the night - quickly.
I get a good rest with some deep sleep often rewarded with dreams; however,
there are those days when it takes some effort to shut down.
Not all - not all, but at times, it's very difficult to fall asleep.
I don’t know when it happens, but I  know it happens when I’m praying.
I eventually end up falling asleep and am out for the night.
     The cause for not being able to fall asleep some may opine to the lack of 'feeling safe'.
I gather thoughts and emotions that help manifest 'feeling safe' in said opinion.
My challenge is 'being safe' from intrusive thoughts and emotions especially during my shutdown ritual.
     I do have somewhat of a shutdown ritual beginning with the awareness of my breathing. I do this meditation/prayer type of mix or cross.
I focus for a few minutes on performing some deep breathing exercises.
Every inhale and exhale eventually brings a calm relaxation and a profound peace.
Thoughts and emotions silently vanish and bring a bit of peace of mind.
It's as if the heart and the brain finally take a break, meet and handshake.
I can often hear my heart beating as I breathe in and out.
      It is at this point, I think and mind the 'Lord's Prayer' focusing on every word.
The 'Lord's Prayer' is the prayer taught by Jesus of Nazareth unto his followers.
This prayer was taught by the one and only (I.N.R.I.)  or Jesus (The Christ / The Messiah / The Anointed One) and I believe in him.
Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith. He is the source of my hope and the authority in my life. He is crucial to my shutdown ritual.
Though, I’ve been at this routine or shutdown ritual for a long time - randomly I still get sidetracked from finishing the prayer.
I liken it to a personal practice that is always in progress.
I just start again ’til I am through and I'm out for the night ... asleep ... maybe dreaming?

The Lords Prayer - by I.N.R.I. (Jesus Christ)

Our Father,
Who art in heaven; Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done;
On earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
Forever and ever.

 - Amen.

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