Ever wake up in the middle of the night, tempted to write one of those sad, lonely Facebook posts? Resist the urge: Visit our new #VirtualMeditationRoom instead!

You know what I'm talking about. We've all seen them. They read something like this, "Can't sleep- anyone in my Facebook community still awake?"

Just this morning, I saw that someone from my graduating high school class wrote a poem about it. Yes, a poem. This is it, "Didnt sleep a wink, FBd an old friend, Pulling up the bootstraps, Attitude Adjustment is Loading." It has been reposted, and now the entire graduating class of 1987 has most likely seen it.

I liked this poem. Why? Aside from its brevity, and ascetic take on punctuation, it showed hope. In reality, I think that's what we're all looking for: some hope and inspiration to reduce our anxiety and either lull us back to sleep, or help us carry on with our day. Since many of us aren't finding it in life, we've resorted to asking our Facebook friends for it in the middle of the night.

I'm going to be honest- I'm a mindfulness coach. I've practiced mindfulness meditation, Yoga and Qigong for years. I help other people with their stress, so theoretically I should have the tools to keep this from happening to me. And yet, two weeks ago, I too woke up in the middle of the night. Anxious, alone and looking for inspiration. Instead of Facebook, I logged onto Pinterest (more anonymous) and searched for some support. I found hope, and it made me feel better. I went back to sleep and continued my search the following morning. Then I had the idea: wouldn't it be wonderful to have one spot to go to for inspiration and guidance? A place I could find guided mindfulness exercises to help me relax, quotes to inspire me or photos to help me mentally escape? I searched for such a spot, but couldn't find one. So I created my own, and invited my friends to participate. It is called the #VirtualMeditationRoom. Here is it's link on Pinterest- I would like to invite everyone to join, and share their inspiration. It is the first of its kind, a unique spot for people seeking hope, guidance and support. Please join us, and help create a global community of inspiration:
If you're not on Pinterest, I've launched a similar concept on my website. It isn't interactive, but is open to all: