The Art of (Not) Sleeping

It’s 5:30 in the morning and I’ve been awake for some time now. In my favorite pregnancy book Gurmukh writes that sleepless nights in the third trimester prepare us for the baby’s arrival and it’s best to just accept broken sleep rather than resisting it. She also writes that the hours between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. are a spiritual time. Many yogis believe these hours are ideal for meditation and awakening consciousness. After quite some time of resistance this morning I decided to spend a few moments in meditation using the mantra Sat Nam (click here to learn all about the meaning behind it), and then I started rereading an old favorite. I’ll share more on that later this week.

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The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. 
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across 
the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

                                    Rumi

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