SLEEP MORE - CREATE A POWERFUL INNER ENERGY
"Deep sleep” or “state of emptiness”. In "deep sleep" or ZEN the mind is directed inward, operating at a very subtle level. We all know how important sleep is to our overall health. You only need to have one poor night’s sleep, suffer from insomnia or have a newborn baby in the house to appreciate how important deep, restful sleep is for our mental and physical well-being! So how do you feel after a good night sleep? Refreshed and ready for the day. What about a poor, disturbed or simply, not enough sleep? This can negatively impact your mood and ability to concentrate during the day. Observing how well the mind operates after a good or poor night sleep helps you make choices that are more beneficial to your health around your sleep habits. For example, do you watch TV to help you fall asleep? Play games on your phone? Read a book? Listen to music? It’s a good idea to assess your own sleep habits and reflect on the kind of sleep you have when you use certain stimulus to aid in the sleeping process.
"Deep sleep is when the mind is overcome by heaviness and no other activities are present” So basically when the mind is not in the first three states mentioned above (valid cognition, misconception and imagination), then it goes to sleep. Sleep is a common activity for the mind and there are optimal times for sleep such as when the sun goes down. But this heaviness can occur due to boredom or exhaustion, stress or other reasons may result in the mind going to sleep! Some people sleep to ‘escape the world’ due to their worries and anxieties.
Sleep is the non-deliberate absence of thought-waves or knowledge. Deep sleep is the absence of reasoning, the absence of other thoughts and all other modifications of mind are suspended or simply “sleep is a process based upon the absence of cognition”. So in Zen, or deep sleep, the mind is not conscious at all. Due to it being an unconscious state of mind, we cannot explain this experience of ‘dreamless sleep’ as we never experience it. We can only guess that we had a good or bad sleep but there is no awareness of deep sleep itself. Zen is actually noted as the activity defined by non-activity!
Using DISCARD, it is possible to experience deep sleep consciousness… this is often described as a ‘conscious deep sleep state’. If you haven’t tried clearing your mind and heart, be sure to download some DISCARD FORMS then lie down in relaxation. It really is a consciously relaxing experience!