Birds chirp, people snore

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.

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2 Responses to Birds chirp, people snore

  1. ggwfung says:

    we are not responsible for what we do when we sleep.

    🙂

    ggw

  2. hitchhiker72 says:

    Haha, thanks, ggw. The trouble starts when we wake up. 🙂

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