We Now Sleep on Adjustable Snuggle-Pedic Kool-Flow Pillows

Up until last week, my wife and I had been sleeping on pillows that were 9 years old. We had never bothered to replace the pillows we bought back when we got married. But then out of the blue, the folks at Snuggle- Pedic reached out to me and asked if my wife and I would be willing to try out their pillows, then keep them as a thank-you for spreading the word.

How could I say no? After all, we’ve been sleeping on 9 year-old pillows!

We’ve now had our new pillows for over a week; giving us ample time to test them out.

I can easily and absolutely confirm that I am sleeping harder with this pillow. I am sleeping deeply enough to dream again. I can’t explain why I am apparently staying in a deeper sleep by using this pillow, but I know that I am.

It reminds me of those infomercials where they show the “before” picture, which is black and white, then they compare it to the colorful “after” picture.

Something that makes this pillow special is that you can easily add or remove the stuffing inside, to suit your liking; thanks to a handy zipper on the side of the pillow. In the event you needed even more stuffing, Snuggle-Pedic will take care of that free of charge, including shipping.

I never needed to do this, but my wife did. She found that the default amount of stuffing was too much for her. So she simply took out of few handfuls, then placed the pillow in the dryer on “no heat” for a few minutes, to calibrate the consistency.

Actually, I’m glad it worked out this way; how my wife needed to adjust the stuffing but I didn’t.

That helped me see for myself what a cool feature it is, being able to personally customize the pillow’s consistency. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have thought much about that feature.

So if you’re looking for a new pillow, here’s a link to their website, Snuggle-Pedic.

I definitely am sleeping better since getting the Snuggle-Pedic Kool-Flow. And if I weren’t, I would just remove the extra stuffing.

Just Be

 To be?  That is the question.

Like a baby discovering his hand in front of his face for the first time, sometimes I get these profound revelations that were there all along, but I never really grasped them before.  Yesterday, it hit me: “Be”.  The verb “be”.  While it can be used in so many different ways and instances, it’s a pretty deep word to think of it in its most simple human terms when relating to one’s self.

To be is to exist. 

Take away any adjective or noun that could follow “be”.  To not “be” anything.  Just to be.  What does it mean to just simple be?  To simply exist. 

Is it all the day to day tasks we do each day?  Driving, working, eating, resting?

Is it simply being alive?  Having a heartbeat?  Breathing?

It’s too deep for me.  I don’t know how to “be”.  How exactly do you “be”?

At least, I don’t know how to “be” myself- though I know how to be myself, by not being someone else.  But I can’t “be” alone.  I can sleep in a house by myself but that’s being alone, not “being” alone.  Where this is going is this: “Being” makes a lot more sense when someone else is “being” too. 

It helps to observe the lyrics of a legendary rock song like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2:  “I have climbed the highest mountains, I have run through the fields…  I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls, these city walls… only to be with you”. 

This is sort of song that stops people in their tracks when they hear it.  So full of passion.  A song everyone can relate to, even if they can’t relate to the major spiritual undertones.  If a person simply just hears this song they will most likely walk away subconsciously agreeing that they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.  And, that they would go through extreme measures, only to “be” with another person.

Whatever “being” is, it’s something that is accomplished with other human being who is also “being.  And that’s what “being together” is.  “Being”.  Together.

I am constantly trying to corner down in my mind what it is to “be”, so that I can “be” with everyone important to me in my life.  There’s that annoying balance of figuring out what are truly life’s distractions (worrying about money, getting stressed over uncontrollable things like future plans, etc.) and still doing the things it takes to be a responsible person (working, providing, supporting, listening, teaching, etc.). 

Sometimes deliberately focusing on something so simple can be the hardest thing to do.

“Now an ambulance screams, while the silliest things are flopping around in my brain.  And I try not to dream up impossible schemes that swim around, wanna drown me insane.  And don’t know how to slow it down.  Oh, my mind’s racing from chasing pirates.”

-“Chasing Pirates” by Norah Jones