I have the pleasure of visiting a friend a few times a year. He lives in a quiet neighborhood, one with few cars and many trees. I especially enjoy taking walks in the neighborhood and watching the very tall eucalyptus trees moving slowly in the breeze.
When I have trouble sleeping, I clear my mind and picture the tops of these trees, slowly moving in the breeze, sixty feet in the air. If I keep my mind focused on the trees, I am able to keep it clear of the daily grind and then am able to fall asleep.
While I take the walk, I listen to music. As you know my musical taste, few people would describe any of it as relaxing. While my window for relaxing music is wider than most, I fully understand this sentiment.
The other day, while on the walk and listening to music, a truly relaxing song came on: Truth: An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess.
The entire song is beautiful, but if you don’t want to listen to ten minutes worth…I came up to the trees at about the 5:55 mark. While watching the tops of the trees I enjoyed this beautiful piano.
I hope I am able to incorporate the piano into my nighttime-trying-to-fall-asleep routine!