Morning Muse – Armistice

What is the first thing you think about in the morning when you open your mind?

I know, one usually says «when I wake up». Or if you want to emphasize the moment when consciousness pops out from slumber, you simply say, «when I opened my eyes this morning,» because the truth is, when we sleep, our eyes are closed and we are gone to the world. At least in appearance.

But we can open our minds and train our minds to create our reality.

The yogis say that there are several states of consciousness. The universal mantra of AUM is a condensed sound capsule that is a road map for these four states of consciousness. Neuro-science has now shown that these states feature distinct brain wave frequencies or “brain waves” :

1. “A”  – The Waking Consciousness and Reasoning Wave
– normal waking consciousness : Beta brain waves

The Gateway to “U” : The Deep Relaxation Wave
–  light meditation  : Alpha brain waves

2. “U” – The Light Meditation and Sleeping Wave
– deep meditation, light sleep, dreaming, subconscious : Theta brain waves

3. “M” – The Deep Sleep Wave
– deep sleep, dreamless, unconscious, gateway to universal mind, collective unconscious : Delta brain waves

4. And in the Stillness following “AUM” – The Insight Wave
– insight, universal consciousness, divine insight : Gamma brain waves

What is it ? Where are you going?

So where was I? Oh yes, the mind opening first thing in the morning. The eyes open, but that is just the light bulb – one of the senses that click on with the conscious mind.

Coming back from … One moment: sleep oblivion, next moment : revving up, information coming in, gears clanging, onward and outward.

When I woke up this morning I opened my mind – one must admit that 7 am is not very early. Even though it is Monday and a holiday.

And for morning practice it is late. In many traditions we rise early to practice : between 4am and 6am is common. And preferred, because it is in the early hours before dawn, when the prana (the life force) is at its most potent.

But today is a national holiday. November 11th is Armistice. The end of the world war on this day in 1918.

This morning when I turned on the bedside lamp at 7am, my love says «Qu’est ce qu’il y a?» and as if part of the same sentence «Où vas tu?»

I am turning on the light at its lowest (I have a touch bedside lamp that has the option of 3 intensities).

I just woke up, opened my mind and already I observe a slight surge of irritation at my love’s questions : “What is it?”   “Where are you going ?”

What are the possibilities?

And of all these possibilities, right now, none should be of great concern for him except sleeping in. It’s Monday and it’s a holiday. It is Armistice. The end of the war.  Imagine waking up on November 11th 1918 – and the joy, relief, hope, expansiveness of the war ending. The end of war. And here we are, safe, warm, together.

And here I am feeling the familiar surge of annoyance that needs to be vocalized – Even at that hour of the morning I feel the need to explain to him that his questions are absurd, and this spikes me into fully waking up.

But my love just wants to ask the questions and he is already back to sleep.

I get out of bed and go into the kitchen; Kiwi and Rou’lette are waiting behind the kitchen door, and as I open it, they gallop across the living room with the endless morning enthusiasm of a dog and a kitten, and straight into the bedroom and  – No one asks them “What is it?”  “Where are you going?”

Then I remember my morning mantra :

Something wonderful is going to happen today.

I believe in miracles.

Fallen Leaf

 

About The Author

Elaine Rudnicki

Elaine is a Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, Certified Life Coach, creator of AWAKE Coaching®, Yoga and Meditation Teacher and MBSR Instructor.