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I would like to discuss a process I have observed in myself over the last couple of years, that I have been growing closer to the self I have when I’m asleep. What I mean by that is that good, solid sleep for me is something quite close to meditation: my body comes to rest, my mind quietens down, and a kind of blissfulness comes over me.
When I wake up in the morning this kind of space still hangs over me. I’m aware, my consciousness has a great deal of clarity because my mind is quiet. It’s like parts of me are still asleep, and I can enjoy the morning silence without becoming involved in any deep thoughts, just being in the here and now.
So over the months and years I have noticed an appreciation of this sleep-space coming over me, and it also seems to be lasting longer and being connected to my awareness of my dreams. Too much attention paid to dreams doesn’t seem like it helps, but being aware of the energetic subtext of dreams does seem to help in exploring these spaces.
I’m slowly becoming convinced that sleep is on some level a deeply joyful experience, that when we sleep well we generate a kind of positive energy. I’ve read that there are some links between sleep and samadhi, it’s something I would like to explore.