Rise Like a Loaf

“Let me sleep like a stone, and rise like a loaf.”
~Platon Karataev, arguably the best character in War and Peace.

I’ve struggled with sleep my whole life. It’s hard for me to fall asleep and it’s even harder for me to get out of bed when my alarm goes off.

But I’m on Day 58 of meditation babies! And things are turning around. This morning when my alarm went off at 6am, I got up. I sat up, grabbed my phone, killed its annoying ringing and went into the bathroom. Before I knew it I was brushing my teeth. There was not even the twinge of annoyance at the idea of waking; the thought of the bed in the other room did not tug at my brain.

Instead, I found myself being propelled into the present moment over and over again. Once I was in the bathroom, I was there. And then I was making coffee. And then I was walking into the other room to roll out my yoga mat. I focused on the present. But not intentionally. That’s the thing. It just happened. I was in the present moment because I was. And because I was, I was able to fill it with simple good things: yoga, meditation, practice, coffee, solitude, sunlight.

The sitting works. Just keep showing up.

 

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