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Pray. Sing. Sleep. Repeat...

posted Jul 9, 2017, 1:08 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jul 9, 2017, 1:09 PM ]
Are you a workaholic? When you skip a meal or stay up late to finish something, are you really doing it because you want to be in control?

If we’re going to accept Jesus’ invitation today to come to him and rest, we must learn how to let go. In his book The Mystical Way in Everyday Life, Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ reminds us that “When sleeping, people surrender, let go, entrust themselves to the powers of their existence that they themselves did not create and cannot oversee. It is an act of innocence and of consenting to the elusive. If one approached sleep like that… then falling asleep could be seen as relating to the inner structure of prayer, which is equally a letting-go, an entrusting of one’s own inner conviction to the providence of God which one lovingly accepts.”

Trust God, and get some rest. You’ll be a better disciple. And you’ll sing better too, which will also make you a better disciple.

Lack of sleep is the worst thing for your singing voice. And ironically, some doctors say singing could be the key to a peaceful night's sleep. Otolaryngologists worked with vocal teachers at Exeter University to conduct research with 60 snorers and discovered that daily vocal exercises can strengthen weak throat and palate muscles which can cause snoring. By the end of the three month trial, the snoring and overall quality of sleep had significantly improved in the 30 who tried it compared to 30 others who didn't try the exercises.