Meditation Number Four: Go to Sleep

You can meditate while you’re lying down

right in your bed.   I have always liked my bed.

Where I read and where I write.  My bed

is also my desk.  So the sleep advice that your bed

should only be for sleeping  is not relevant here for us.

Lie down and you can trysome of those music apps .

Many people have sent me apps with names like Calm and Waterfall.

If you like to listen to ocean sounds there are about 20

Ocean Apps.  None of them sound exactly like water because

they’re just an app and imagining water inside your phone

is not so easy.  And I am always nervous about getting my phone wet.

Some yoga teachers say the out breath should always be

longer than the in breath.  That might make you sleep.   You

could also try thinking about the plot of Moby Dick. Sometimes

I imagine what it would be like to play golf which seems to me  the most boring

possible game and sometimes I just breathe and breathe and repeat

the words If I Don’t Sleep So What.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. love it!!!!!!!

    thanks dear esther for sharing your thoughts with us. feels cozy 🙂 and true. which is most special.

    many hugs!! have a lovely day regardless of how much you’ve slept 🙂

  2. It’s so apropos you and Mark Twain would write in your beds. My meditation is leading me to sit up straight and breath like the women of Downton Abbey. I’m sure Gurumayi never had the Countess and Lady Mary Crawley in mind as she teaches meditation. I’m not too sure they breath in the show either sitting like Victorians. But I intend too. Gurumayi is big into breathing. It tends to sustain life. Esther I am so tickled that you continue to write. Sometimes you hit my heart. At other times you hit my funny bone. Sweet dreams awake or asleep!

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