We’ve all been there. Out of nowhere, you break from a deep sleep and suddenly you are wide awake, your mind racing on a vicious cycle of your deepest fears.
As a yogi, I am familiar with this time of day: 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. is a sacred time; in the Kundalini yoga tradition, we call it Amrit Vela. Amrit means nectar and Vela means time.
In these quiet hours, there is a portal, a connection to your source. Call it God, the Universe, or Your Higher Self. Wherever your beliefs reside, embrace them.
You have the most access to this sweet connection during these hours. It is the most natural time of day to meditate, reflect, journal and come close to your spirit and the Great Spirit.
So rather than pushing away and adding more resistance to this early morning inner battle, turn toward it.
Get out of bed, find a place in your home that feels warm and safe, and go to it. If you’ve set up a sacred space, go there, and practice alternate nostril breathing for 6 to 11 minutes. This breathing technique is masterful at balancing the nervous system.
If it feels right, add this mantra: I am safe in this moment and recite it over and over again until you can feel yourself rest deeply.
We are in this life together, learning, growing and healing from one another. Awareness of this truth is the essence of humanity.
Peace on the trail…