Jet lag- stuck in two realities, your body is physically in one place, but the mind,spirit and other sundries are the void somewhere between the two. In Japan I was up in the wee hours because back home it was daytime. Now I’m back home and I’m up in the wee hours because in Japan it is daytime. PL Precept # 15 All is a Mirror
I travelled miles, spent hours in the airports, wandered what seems days from one terminal to another. I was in a constant state of “now” yet days later, after finally touching ground and being back on familiar ground, my “now” is still in Japan. PL Precept # 7 Everything exists in Relativity.
Is this the answer at 2:26 in the morning, spaghetti with anchovies, garlic and olive oil. NO. One thing that was made clear to me in Japan, was that I needed to cultivate a healthier way of eating, for me that is portion control.
hmmm, I think its time for me to try to go back to bed and find the door to slumber land. Or I could stay here and be silly with you. For sanity all around, I will go try to catch some zzzzz’s. Although my mind is turning over with thoughts on how jet lag is so much like a state of being in another world, one that is parallel to the one we are in. If only it could be as simple as walking from one room to another, the two worlds are so similar, yet so different. they really are worlds apart. NOW I’m embraced by both, and physically I can only be in one place at a time.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
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When we enter the sleeping quarters, off come the shoes. I found that very symbolic, leave the outside at the door, enter the area where you will lay down and sleep for exactly that, sleep. All the time I was away, I did not encounter a problem with falling asleep. Didn’t even think about whether or not I would fall asleep, I simply lay down and slept. That is not what usually happens when I’m at home.
I will admit that since I stopped reading in bed, my sleep has improved. No TV, no computers, in the bedroom. Not even a radio. The mind is so easily distracted. The mind is a chatterbox. if you are wanting to eliminate the need for “sleep aids”, then preparing for a sound sleep is like preparing for a special event, You have to find out what works for you and then work at acquiring the ambiance and atmosphere.
Sleep is so important to our well being.
In order to be able to apply the PL teachings to your day to day life, you first need to know how. That is why in the Church of PL, we offer individual guidance.
I actually received a consultation the other day and came away with insight I had not expected. It is good to be reminded of something you’ve let slip by or forgotten. sometimes just talking out loud about personal thoughts, and concerns helps, and again sometimes, all we need is someone to “listen” In PL we are always here for you.
Leave your “shoes” at the door. May your sleep be blessed with a deep and serene bliss.
Always there are two sides. Positive – Negative, Male, Female, Sun – Moon, Day- Night, one compliments the other. There are times in my life when I am drawn to the lighter side of life, and other times where I find beauty and wonder in the darker arts. Yesterday I couldn’t stop reading a historical novel full of love and intrigue. Today I am deep into the meaning of enlightenment. I recently picked up the summer issue of Light of Consciousness, thought to take it on the trip with me to read during the long waits between flights. It proved to have so many articles in it that I wanted to spend time with, i.e. “Visions of the female Buddha” by Deborah Bowman, and Sleep Better with Mindfulness by Joseph Emet that I couldn’t wait to delve into its pages. Now of course it will stay here so that I don’t lose it while I’m travelling. I will pick up lighter fare for the trip, magazines that I won’t mind leaving behind for the next traveler.
In life it is important to continue along the spiritual path towards our goals. It is also important to know that our goals are not set in stone. As we develop and “mature” our needs change, what we wanted and needed a few years back, may not be where we are headed today. It is essential that we take the time to “meditate” and look at the positives as well as the negatives of our “now”, before we move on. Ask yourself, is it an appropriate time to act. The time to act is when you have the correct inner attitude, and the commitment to follow through on whatever it is you decide to do.
We are all different and have our own unique personalities and lifestyles. Therefore, how we practice PL to solve our problems, or to express our true selves will vary. In consultation with a PL minister, we receive guidance and support that is tailored to our individual needs.
The PL teaching for day 18
The Value of Money and Things Depends on How You Choose to Use Them. Money and things are materials for your self expression. Use them to their fullest for the sake of others and society.