May 12, 2016 Why Sleeping Gives You Wings
Babies and the elderly seem to have the most relaxed lives; they nap whenever they want! When I’m tired I often fight myself to stay up. Many of us think to ourselves that we need to get work done or that we’re wasting time sleeping. In truth, having a nap is the best thing you can do, and the benefits go beyond the physiological reasons!
“I ain’t no baby nor am I old! I don’t need no nap!”
In this part of the world, we find more and more people are becoming sleep deprived; this adds to a great deal of stress. We all need a nap sometimes. Without it, we find that we are slowing ourselves down, as if we are old. 85% of mammal species have short naps throughout the day. We usually break our days up in 2 parts, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It isn’t proven yet that this is the most ideal sleeping pattern for us.
“Who’s got the time?!”
We all can afford 20 – 30 minutes for napping. In fact, we can’t really afford not to. In terms of work productivity, we are more productive when our minds are fresh. A quick cat nap is all it takes to improve alertness, improve mood and performance.
“Napping is for lazy people, or people without ambition!”
Contraire mon frère! All the cool kids have been known to take naps, including: Winston Churchill, Napolean, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. These are great minds! Building a great mind isn’t always about hiding your head in a book, great wisdom comes from those who meditate. From meditation, you tap into a well of infinite wisdom.
Sleep is an unconscious form of meditation.
Whether you realize it or not, you are meditating. Meditation is a time where you surrender and let go of your attachments to your day and self. The resulting affect is a deep relaxation, a great sense of well-being and a connection with your spiritual self. Sleeping is no different. When you sleep, you are forced to surrender and leave the day and your desire to be in control behind. Just as with meditation, sleep also is a great way to reset your emotions. If you go to sleep stressed, you may find yourself a little more at ease with your situation upon waking up.
“Who sorts out all my drama when I’m sleeping?”
In the complete surrender that sleep provides, we detach from the mind and body and travel astrally (outside the body) to connect with our spiritual identities. This connection restores the balance and harmony of our mind, body and spirit. As a result, we start to vibrate in greater frequency allowing us to sort out the mundane issues that plague us during the day.
“Where does my spirit go when I’m asleep?”
When we surrender, our spirit is unleashed from the shackles of the flesh. At this time, we travel anywhere and beyond our own imagination. When we connect with this energy, it’s like we are going back home. When we are away from home, we tend to get home sick; our soul is no different. It’s also like refueling our vehicles at the gas station.
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Whenever we find ourselves debating different options or plagued with stress that seems unbearable, the best medicine is a nap. This is a time where we let go of the issue for the moment, to think outside the limits of the mind by tapping into an infinite bank of wisdom through the heart. Through the heart is where creativity thrives.
“Don’t give up on your dreams; keep sleeping.”
Now go take a nap!
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