While writing out my 60s jokes for this blog, because it had been so many years since telling them last, I just couldn’t remember the second stanza of the elephant trilogy. I asked others and then scanned their lists of elephant jokes on the internet to no avail.
Finally I thought of my memory aids. The first ones that I had learned in a memory course that I took during the 70s. As I cozied into my bed for the night I thought about what I wanted to remember then let myself forget it and relax into sleep.
Sure enough, still in bed the following morning it came to me without bidding. If you are puzzling over a project or choice think over the problem – forget it- sleep – the answer will occur to you shortly after waking.
If you have things on your mind that you want to accomplish the next day that are keeping you awake try writing them down. Afterwards forget about them as you cuddle back onto your pillow. Rest soon follows.
Another technique to bring rest – picture yourself lying in the sand on a warm beach with sea breezes keeping you totally comfortable – feel your body grow heavy – sinking into the nice warm sand. You will soon fall asleep.
My grand mother taught me that if I concentrated on the time I wanted to wake – then glanced at the clock – I could wake at the time I wanted with out the use of the alarm.
These sleep workings have rarely failed me – nor Iba after I taught him.