The bliss of relaxation

The bliss of relaxation

Nothing like flopping, tumbling, folding into a simple bed after a hard day’s work or activity, stretching your limbs, wiggling your toes, and sinking into sweet sleep.  Nothing seemed to me more miraculous than that simple bed in that bare and freezing...
In praise of lazy mornings

In praise of lazy mornings

Something magical about moments of morning idleness in idyllic spots.  Surely they allow some quiet clean up of over-burdened minds, or just some simple reprieve from restless strivings?  But still, leisure has its rewards here as well: idle mornings of meditation in...
As punctual as …

As punctual as …

… an otter?  Not the obvious simile, but according to this, true.  This curious fact lies alongside the revelation that when the otter decided it was time to get up, his human handler had to get up to – the animal went through an elaborate process of...
Freedom from alarms

Freedom from alarms

One of the joys of leaving a job is the growing awareness that waking becomes a natural process, rather than an aural shock.  This doesn’t necessarily mean waking late, just naturally, and I still get up as early as I ever did, about six in the winter and five...
Many legended-island

Many legended-island

Are those legends still alive or did they die with the war, or with the people who told them?  And what if we made our own mental – or real – ‘many-legended island’ to walk in? Or created legends for the real world? If you have a memory or idea...
Of sleep, sky and an infinite future

Of sleep, sky and an infinite future

From Seethaler’s subtle, sensitive and slender novel on a whole life (you can interpret the title either way).Here he describes the easy sleep of the protagonist, adaptable to many places including the open air. I liked the lack of fretful concern for the...
Of sweet sleep

Of sweet sleep

Keat’s evocation of perfect sleep is particularly moving considering he was soon robbed of health and ‘quiet breathing’ by the assault of tuberculosis.  He had also nursed his mother and younger brother through it, losing both of them to its...
Lolling alone in languid bliss

Lolling alone in languid bliss

A deliciously lazy, stretching, sun-watching, cat-napping moment of solitude.  All the more poignant given the general tenor of Kertész’ novel in which the protagonist makes it out of Auschwitz alive only to find himself confined in a different totalitarian...
Sleep and sanity

Sleep and sanity

We know that insomnia can drive you insane and a good sleep can make you feel sane (or saner), but here is something to wish for, that you may go to bed sane and arise sane, with nothing but uninterrupted sleep to connect the two ends of your mental health. What has...
Stones, water and souls

Stones, water and souls

Sleep is a theme I’ve chosen to include in nuannaarpoq.com as it’s such a wonderful source of rest and ease, and so many people don’t have enough either in quality or quantity.  Sleeping as much as you need to be in full form is therefore a...
A perfect resting spot

A perfect resting spot

A theme that will recur in these pages is that of sleep and rest both of which seem for many people to be in permanent deficit. This description of perfect rest was written by Ann Warder in 1786. I liked the triple level of comfort: the ‘best bed’ in a...

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