When asked of the Buddha “Are you a man, or a God?” the Buddha replied...
“I AM AWAKE.”
I’ll start with the bad news – in some cases,
chronic insomnia has no real cure. While there
are many types of insomnia and many reasons for
sleeplessness and sleep difficulties, for some of us,
no matter the herbal treatments we seek, there
may still be no end to the challenge.
It is important to know that if you have tried
Western medicine, holistic medicine, meditation
and more, and have still not “solved” your sleep
issues - this does not make you a bad yogi. For
some, trouble sleeping may be a “one day at a
time” issue, and an opportunity to learn how to
live fully with the challenge.
Yoga is not necessarily a cure for insomnia, but
it can have some very soothing effects. If you are
struggling to sleep because your mind is agitated,
these yoga practices can often slow the system
down enough for you to fall asleep. For those
whose insomnia is unrelated to stress, these reju-venative postures can relax the body and allow for
regeneration, as a nourishing practice is essential.
Dive in as if you were wrapping yourself up in a
new set of sheets.
Rather than seeing our failure to sleep as a
problem, it can be an opportunity to investigate
our relationship to the night. There is an ecosystem of nocturnal animals with wisdom to share.
In Buddhism, the ultimate act is to “wake up”
to the truth. If sleep evades you, possibly it can
be a gift, giving us a nudge to ask “what does it
mean to be awake?”
Downward Facing Savasana: The Bat
Bats are one of the most complex creatures.
They are flying rodents, they hunt at night to
avoid competition, and they emit noise designed
specifically to produce an echo to reveal their
prey. As the moon is reflected light, the bat lives
by reflected sound. We can learn from the bat
to utilize the art of reflection to reveal our path,
point out what will nourish us, and show us what
we need to see. >>