Being an insomniac of the most extreme kind, I use several techniques to help me fall asleep. I meditate and/or count sheep and/or try to persuade my physical body to relax and unwind.
One version of the mantra is "...to love myself I have no fear to love myself I have no fear to love myself I have no fear..." etc. Which translates into: "The method I use to help me love myself, is to have no fear".
It also makes sense "backwards": "...I have no fear to love myself I have no fear to love myself I have no fear..." etc. Which translates into: "I'm not afraid to love myself".
The mantra can be adapted to the state of mind of the mantra-utterer at the time of utterance, eg: "...to have no pain I love myself..." or "...to have no pain I heal myself..." or "...to heal myself I have no pain..." etc
Does it work? Does it put me to sleep? All I can say is that sometimes I drift off on a wave of inner mumbling!
And then there's the thermonuclear option: The Art of Wakeful Sleeping.
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