How to Sleep without trying
Casper the Alien and Bumblebee the Ghost had teleported to the Blue Mountains in Jamaica by now.
Love for coffee, Janga, Dance Hall and Ras Kitchen had made them migrate the cold Himalayan valley for warmer pastures. We join them having some Ackee and Plantain with some VYBZ Kartel playing in the background.
BumbleBee: Blessed day today. These vibes are so relaxing. When I was alive I never understood the real meaning of relaxation the way I do now.
Casper: Well it’s impossibly hard for you humans to really relax, when your society promotes action the way it does. What do they say: “Empty mind is the Devils workshop”. Bambooclat!!!!
BumbleBee: Since Birth I have been fed on that Crap. So activity became second nature to me, I couldn’t imagine life without activity. I was called Lazy, Lethargy, no good, if I wanted to give up on being active, till it became a part of me……. Funny part is I used to consider sleep as an activity too. something I need to achieve…
Casper: Ya man! The stupid human ego, never lets you guys rest, relax, be calm, sleep. Even your God’s are misinterpreted by the religious dealers. Imagine how many shops will shut if man recognises the real meaning of relaxation. The stupid urge to keep doing, achieving, hoarding with no reason is what keeps businesses running.
Bumblebee: Well the animals are better. Their unintelligence helps them trust the universe more. As a Human, I was always coming in my own way. I used to keep doubting, try to enforce myself on life as if I could change anything.
Casper: Well the fault is not yours Brother. That was fed to your consciousness when you were growing up. These impressions were made in the depth of your mind when you were very fragile. It’s impossible to escape.
BumbleBee: Well I never realised this till my time was done. Everyone around me was always in a race, but when my life ended I could see the foolishness of it all. Everyone was on a different track, trying to beat each other.
Casper: Well in Rat Races even if you win you remain a Rat Rat Rat. But tell me how do you feel about it now. If you had the chance to live again how would you pause and relax? How to fall asleep if you are human?
How To Fall Asleep if you are a Human
BumbleBee: Well there is no method to it, there can’t be, I used to read so many books, did 23 types of different asanas, meditated in multiple ways, used all the essential oils, changed mattresses, but nothing worked. The more I tried to silence my mind and fall asleep, the more my mind became activive. You can’t beat activity with more activity.
Casper: That’s a shitty situation. So how to Fall Asleep then?
BumbleBee: How to fall asleep should not be the question. The people who realise the difference between action and activity are good in choosing the former and letting go off the latter just by being mindful(realising).
Casper: What is the difference between Action and Activity?
Bumblebee: Action comes naturally, for eg, if a human feels hungry he eats, activity happens as a result of the EGO and inner disturbances. Action is when your response is demanded by the situation, Activity is when the situation doesn’t matter, it is an exhibition of inner restlessness, not a response.
Casper: Interesting. So actually its not just about how to fall asleep, it’s also about how you stay awake. As you carry your mind, consciously or subconsciously with you all the time, while awake or asleep.
Bumblebee: Yes. Actions come out of a silent mind and activities out of a restless one. Actions are spontaneous and relevant activity is irrelevant and usually a pouring of your restlessness that you have been carrying from the past.
Sadly on Earth, wars have become mental, restlessness has been induced on humans through overload of news and information, the internet, digital media has trapped people in a loop of excitation.
Casper: Yes we are aware, our research displayed shocking results. Humans excitability index has gone up, earlier humans were more sensitive, after the internet, humans have become used to absorbing a lot of data, the new default is really disturbing, the human mind has become used to always processing and never resting.
BumbleBee: Yes so imagine, on one side humans are unconsciously being trained to think and keep thinking through this subtle schemes and on the other side fake gurus are selling sleep programs to temporary silence minds. Which is never possible, the human is a whole organic entity. You cant hack your way into all this.
Casper: The humans are the only race we have noticed who are capable of magic but also the only one hell bent on destroying itself. So how does the reailsatiton of action and activity help?
BumbleBee: It makes us humans more mindful, it helps us seek less excitement, it is the perfect antidote to the data loaded digital world. As those who recognise the difference between the two, value their energy more, they are not jumping from one thing to the other, on the contrary, being wise in choosing the information they want to relate with and absorb. Free will is being put to use in a good way,
Casper: Well absolutely right. We learnt mindfulness as a single applicable teaching hidden behind all human religions. They call it different things, but it is the art of focusing on the present moment action, the here and now. Only if humans were wise enough to recognise this instead of wasting their lives on superficialities.
BumbleBee: Well everyone has their own way of recognising the value of being totally and absolutely present. That is the gateway to recognising and separating action and activity, only after understanding what action is, can it be dropped in order to answer your question of how to pause and relax, and how to fall asleep.
Casper: Ahh! So you are saying that being mindful to how you are delegating your energy helps you identify what is necessary action and restless activity, which in turn helps you conserve the energy and also learn to drop activity and eventually action as well so that you can rest.
BumbleBee: Well its not about how to fall asleep, its all about how to properly stay awake.