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Nightly ritual, bad mornings

KannonKannon NAMU AMIDA BUTSUAch-To Veteran

Currently boiling a pot of water for green tea. I'm not much of a morning person but I love the night. I used to have a lot of fun staying up late as a kid, feeling the quiet solitude alone in my bedroom. I'm going to try a new nightly routine of drinking tea and reading (i have too many books!) In the mornings I am usually anxious and it's hard to get out of bed. I hope going to sleep in a better mood will help as well. I am going to refrain from being on my phone once I start drinking my tea, as a rule...




  • BunksBunks Veteran Australia Veteran
    edited June 2017

    Good luck @eggsavior!

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran
    edited June 2017

    The mornings are usually my best time, with a quiet solitude and a slowly disappearing tranquility I often feel meditative even without meditating.

    But herbal teas, especially chamomille, are my night time refuge if I should wake up in a restless mood. I've always found them very peace giving and sleep promoting, I hope you find it useful.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I do the ironing. It is soothing, meditative and productive.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    @federica said:
    I do the ironing. It is soothing, meditative and productive.

    Que? :o I consider all ironing an example of mindlessly buying the wrong clothes.

    I dry items on hangers, if they wrinkle, they are not welcome on me and go to charity.
    I find not-ironing far more restful. o:)

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I do that too... non-ironing. It works with a surprisingly large selection of clothes.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran Veteran

    Anxiety runs in my family as a life response. Not a helpful/skilful emotion.

    However ... as has been stated here many times, we can unravel the causes and deal with them ...

    • a pile of ironing
    • too much stress
    • the mind-body complex

    The last one is the Buddhist speciality. In particular we can focus on the body sensations and relax or burn up the sensory mis-cues. For me this anxiety sensation is belly based, butterfly sensation, very similar to excitement. I can now (yeah for meditation) just direct my mind there and let the sensation unravel/relax/dissipate/let go.

    More drastic results may involve stomach based exercises, I call on martial tension based exercises, pre-battle drills but yoga or qi-ong would be good too. Just a few appropriaite exercises might help with regular effort ...

    The child pose is kind of part of prostrations ... few of those regularly would be a useful routine ...

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