Birds chirp, people snore
26 August 2006 2 Comments
I was on a week long road trip recently and shared a room with two travelling companions, both of whom could easily snore the whole of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries in a night. When we travelled together several years ago, I would sulk, stay up half the night and make a big deal about getting ear plugs the next day.
This time, the new, meditative me decided, ‘Right, here’s a chance to practise’. They snore because they snore, not because they want to keep me awake, and getting mad at them doesn’t help at all. I decided to try what we’re taught to do in meditation with a stray thought, just notice it and go ‘thinking’, or ‘here’s a thought’, and let it pass like clouds across the sky. So each time I was woken up by the snoring, I made a mental note ‘snoring’, and went back to sleep. I didn’t attach the old narratives to the sound — ‘damn, there they go again’, ‘I can’t get to sleep’, ‘how will I wake up on time tomorrow’, ‘I’ve got to be driving for 5 hours’, etc. And wouldn’t you know it, it worked.
I slept like a baby, and was told — you guessed it — I snore too.