Sleep, in the Jewish mystical mythology, is not just a time for physical rest. The soul returns to its Maker, who keeps it for rejuvenation. The moment of waking is the return of the soul to the body. If the Almighty decides not to return your soul, you don’t wake up.
There is even a special prayer said upon waking up that thanks the Almighty for rejoining body and soul for another day. I find the idea of having my spirit buffed up, the dust shaken off it, setting it up for a new day a wonderfully relaxing one.
Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I imagine the Almighty searching around, having misplaced a group of 40 souls like I misplace my keys. Finally, the souls are found, accidentally dropped behind a random divine thought. They are lovingly picked up, and 40 insomniacs drift off to sleep at last.
–Quinn McDonald is a certified creativity coach who writes and sleeps through her own dreams.