30 Perfect Days Log 13 — Meditative Sleep

The Dalai Lama said “Sleep is the best meditation,” which I find interesting. But only if you get enough sleep are you able to concentrate, to meditate, to get rid of what yogis call “monkey brain.” We lose ourselves and go into the subconscious, the place where our minds let go of all the chatter to dream and we let go of worldly cares when we’re sleeping. When one’s tired, it’s time to go with the flow with the people you encounter and let others take over. The river becomes less muddy. For those of us who can’t find sleep, getting up and doing something—a warm shower or bath, a glass of wine or cup of chamomile tea, a good book, or an old movie—helps. Sometimes we need to take care of a nagging chore, one we’ve been putting off. But sometimes when I wake up at four in the morning, it’s simply time to get going, to go with the flow. Going with the flow is also a form of meditation.

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