The Honest Guys #Review #BriFri
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Last week, I shared my 11th post of my series to help Americans understand what’s going on with Brexit. Sim shared initial thoughts about A Discovery of Witches (and a photo of herself with the lead actor). Becky was saddened by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. Fortunately, Jane Austen is always good for some cheer — Sense and Sensibility.
Several weeks ago, I wrote about how a bedtime story read by Stephen Fry helped me sleep in a noisy hotel room. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with various guided meditations and sleep music on YouTube.
My favorite discovery is The Honest Guys — here’s their website and here’s their YouTube channel. Originally, they were a couple of British guys who gave “honest opinions and reviews on various self-improvement methods and systems” on YouTube. Eventually, they developed their own guided meditations and stories, but they were kind of stuck with the name by then. The team also includes a woman who writes the scripts and has a fascination for J.R.R. Tolkien.
I’ve now had the experience of literally falling asleep while listening, but it doesn’t usually happen with the sleep meditations. I’m more likely to fall asleep with their stories that lead the listener into the hobbits’ Shire and the elves’ Rivendell.
I fell asleep to this one a couple of nights ago and listened to it again last night, just so I could find out how it ends.
Check out these two playlists for many more ways to visit Middle Earth: Middle Earth Meditations and Lord of the Rings Meditations.
Have you tried sleep meditations or bedtime stories? What works for you?
You had me at “Middle Earth” ! My husband has a hard time sleeping and hotels make it impossible. Someone recommended Sleep Buds by Sony. they are horribly expensive though so we are still trying other options.
I missed hooking up with #BriFri so hope to have more to share upcoming.
I plug into an audiobook – the titles vary but they are all well-listened in my playlist – It always takes me a while to reset before I can sleep, no matter how I try to ‘screen off’ or just read- so the audiobook or history extra podcasts (which are lovely) just move me into the place where I can sleep. I use my meditation and yoga time in the morning to center and reset before the day starts.
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I don’t have any trouble falling asleep but I listen to them too. I use headphones to block snoring next to me. I’ve never heard what happens in any of their stories except for the time I listened to the one where you go to a hobbit’s house to get out of the rain. I fast forwarded it after listening to the beginning at least 10 times. Nothing actually happens at all. I was disappointed but sort of glad to know I wasn’t missing grand adventures by falling asleep in the first two minutes.