What happens when you first open your eyes in the morning?
What are your first thoughts, and feelings?
How do you transition from sleep and dreaming to “reality” ?
There are a couple of different patterns of waking I have noticed:
- Acting as if on autopilot, I head to the bathroom
- Opening my eyes to grumbling-or curse- due to some noise or t’other that has waken me “before my time” –or the sunlight shining upon me little shut eyes
- Slapping the alarm and jumping head first into the day’s ToDo list
- Rolling over, keeping my eyes closed, trying to relax back into whatever delicious dream I’d been having–or I begin immediately analyzing the dream I’d just had
- Acting as if on autopilot, asking my sweet partner if there was any coffee made
- Savoring the between sleep and wakefulness stage, writing in my mind–listening to my voices
- Upon realizing physical stiffness and perhaps soreness, I begin stretching in bed
The few moments when coming into conscious wakefulness are precious and there are several practices that can maximize our wakefulness, enabling us to establish a more mindful existence.
- Practice half-smiling even before you open your eyes.
- Allow the light and any noise you hear to remind you of your true nature.
- Observing which nostril is dominant. Observing nostril dominance can remind you of your state of awareness at any time of the day or night.
- Simply BE. Be aware of your awareness. Don’t think about it; feel it; be awareness pure and simple. Yoga nidra teaches us that this awareness is always available, always aware–even during sleep–if we are consciously awake during sleep.
Living in a state of awareness is a practice. It’s a key to walking through the door of numbness into conscious awareness. Beginning our day “awakened” would benefit the rest of our life. The voices, creative and otherwise will still be there, but we’ll see them existing in this pure awareness of all beings. We’ll begin to know who “we” are.