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Chris speaks to Michael Mosley about sleep and his new BBC One show. Hypnotherapist Stuart Brown tells us about phobias and offers to cure Vassos of his fear of snakes!

Chris speaks to Michael Mosley about how to get enough sleep and his BBC One show The Truth About Sleep. Hypnotherapist Stuart Brown tells us about phobias and starts to try and cure Vassos of his fear of snakes! In the sport locker, Vassos speaks to Olympic field hockey gold medalist Alex Danson. We have a Top Tenuous dedicated to the newly opened junction 11a on the M1 and Rabbi Harvey Belovski reads the Daily Pause For Thought.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Coldplay

    Adventure Of A Lifetime

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Texas

    Tell That Girl

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Frontiers Records.
    • T1.
  • K‐Klass

    Rhythm Is A Mystery

    • Now 1991 - The Millennium Series.
    • Now.
  • Paolo Nutini

    New Shoes

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Oasis

    She's Electric

    • What's The Story Morning Glory -Oasis.
    • Creation Records.
  • Rick Astley

    This Old House

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG Rights Management GmbH.
    • 004.
  • Queen & Adam Lambert

    Under Pressure (Rock Big Ben Concert, 31 Dec 2014)

    • Queen - Greatest Hits II.
    • Parlophone.
  • Norman Greenbaum

    Spirit In The Sky

  • Niall Horan

    Slow Hands

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin.
  • AC/DC

    Highway To Hell

    • AC/DC - Highway To Hell.
    • Albert.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Christine and the Queens

    Tilted

    • (CD Single).
    • Because Music.
  • Paul Weller

    Long Long Road

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Wham!

    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Faithless

    Insomnia

    • Now 35 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Steps

    Tragedy

    • Steps - Gold - The Greatest Hits.
    • Zomba.
  • S Club 7

    Bring It All Back

    • Smash Hits 2000 (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • Al Wilson

    The Snake

    • The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (V.
    • Virgin.
  • Charlie Puth

    Attention

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Slade

    Gudbuy T'Jane

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • The Sweet

    Fox On The Run

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Polygram Tv.
    • 20.
  • Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

    In My World

    • Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie.
    • East West.
  • Squeeze

    Up The Junction

    • Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze.
    • Universal/A&M.
  • Fun Boy Three

    Our Lips Are Sealed

    • Now 1983 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski, rabbi of Golders Green Synagogue and CEO of University Jewish Chaplaincy:

A

 man was walking by a cliff and loses his footing. Screaming, he tumbles over the edge and closes his eyes, expecting to plunge to his death. But as he falls, by a bizarre chance, he gets blow onto a tiny ledge hundreds of feet above jagged rocks. He opens his eyes and shouts again and again ‘help, help – is anyone out there?’ Suddenly a low, deep voice calls out ‘This is God. Jump from the ledge’. The man does nothing, but the voice calls again, ‘Jump from the ledge’. Our friend looks up and says, ‘is there anyone else out there?’

This story probes a tension that I suspect many of us feel from time to time.

The notion of a higher power – God – is difficult. There is much suffering and injustice and the idea that there is a good God who allows all this to go on can be hard to swallow. But when there’s a problem – someone’s ill or the going gets tough – lots of us discover that we believe in something and pray or donate in the hope that things will work out.

Of course, God is either there all the time or not at all, but when I’m in distress, it’s my emotional side that cries out to be fed. Calling out to God – in whatever way – touches a need to make sense of the world, to seek reassurance that pain or illness isn’t random and purposeless, but part of some higher plan, even if we don’t know what it is.

The trouble is that we may often want to run things our way with God’s help. So when God asks our chap on the ledge to do actually something, he wonders whether there might be a safer alternative.

There’s a Jewish way to steer between these extremes. It’s developing the attitude of gratitude – realising that every day is a gift from God. Daily Jewish prayer includes a short phrase that captures this idea beautifully. As we wake up, we say a few words – ‘modeh ani’ – thanking God for giving us another day. Modeh Ani – I thank you, living God for restoring my soul in compassion; great is your faithfulness. It’s brief, it’s safe, and it keeps us connected even when we’re not standing on a ledge.

Broadcast

  • Thu 11 May 2017 06:30

Farewell Chris Evans: The best bits from his last shows at Radio 2

Farewell Chris Evans: The best bits from his last shows at Radio 2

After eight years of hosting the Breakfast Show, Chris Evans leaves Radio 2.

500 Words

500 Words

BBC Radio 2's story-writing competition for kids.