Lying With Lions and Lambs: Why Clergy Should Help Heal Sleeplessness

August 22, 2014 12:33 PM

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Whether as a biblical icon or a secular notion, the image of the lion lying down with the lamb is one familiar to most of us. For some, it symbolizes an unattainable utopian state. For others, it holds the promise of a miracle in which opposite forces come to peace. This image is also suggestive of the most critical personal and cultural challenges underlying the sleep epidemic as well as the potential role of clergy in healing it.

Despite frequently being depicted in repose, the lion commonly symbolizes vigilance, power, and aggressiveness. In sharp contrast, the lamb is associated with innocence, amity, and submissiveness. Getting the lion and lamb parts of ourselves to lie together peacefully may be our greatest personal ch...

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