Sleep. A Sonnet by Manatita

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I lay down finally, and the inner silence begins.

So relaxing; so, ‘end-of-the-day’ feel,

And yet, so vibrant and restorative!

There’s something magical about sleep!

I close my eyes; allow the body to rejuvenate.

All tensions drop away; office stress diminishes;

No more agonising moments with colleagues,

Buses, trains, dear ones and crowded markets.

Bills can wait. I’ve crossed the last note

From my to-do list …

I drift peacefully into reverie …lightness … gone…

Ah! So delicious! I go forth into another daybreak.

The Light of the Sun awakens my Consciousness;

I look forward to repeat this cycle, when dusk sets in.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, Copyrighted, 17th August, 2015.

~Awakening The Inner Light~

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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

I gave up alcohol nine years ago. Since then I've slept like the proverbial baby. :) As always, your writing is of the highest quality.


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word55 13 months ago from Chicago

Hey man, this is top notch. I enjoyed it!


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Thanks Al. I have branched out a little. But I really prefer the obviously spiritual or esoteric stuff. Still, a nice change and quite 'cool.' Much appreciation. Peace.

Bill, yes, I know. You're quite content, and this has a major role in sleep. My pranams to you and Beverley. Salaam!


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Vellur 13 months ago from Dubai

I feel rejuvenated after a good night's sleep and ready to face the next day. Great sonnet, nicely done.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

I love the places my mind travels to when my body goes to sleep. But sometimes I wake up before the journey has ended or the message has become clear. No matter; sleep is a wonderful thing.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Thanks Vellur, So good to know that you sleep well. Many don't. God bless you; God bless your family. Salaam

Bravewarrior,

Yes, hard to remember. Still, talk to HIM just before bed. Ask for an experience and repeat it as an affirmative for a few nights. See what happens. Much Love.


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MarleneB 13 months ago from Northern California, USA

Ah, you are catering to my need for sleep. This is a very soothing poem, and the video is also quite relaxing.


Lee Cloak 13 months ago

A seriously beautiful piece of writing my friend, definitely one to take in just before bed, great stuff, thanks for sharing, best wishes, Lee


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CrisSp 13 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I sleep like a baby only with pills or with the help of some lavender scents but just because I'm a night owl!

Love the Rumi's video. So, relaxing.


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

I always thought that sleep was delicious. Thanks for affirming that it is. I totally agree: "There’s something magical about sleep!"


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Hi CrisSp,

So good to hear from you!

Been on a seven week holiday but now back. Ran into your name recently with nice things said.

Glad that you can sleep, although naturally it would be better without the pills. Yes, Rumi's videos are very soothing. There is one which lasts about 40 mins which will definitely help. So if you see a pic of Rumi as an old man on the video, then that's the one.

Many thanks for your kind contribution to my work.

Dee, nice comment. Hope that all's good with everyone in your immediate circle. Much Love.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Nice dreamy thoughts of sleep time. Enjoyed this.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Gypsy. Here's yours:http://manatita44.hubpages.com/hub/Shaynani-and-Ra... Much Love.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Such a nice description for something so necessary and comforting.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Thanks Deb. Truly comforting indeed! In Love and Light.


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York

I think my eyes were closing as I read this lovely, comforting poem. Your talents are many my friend and this poem is proof of that.

I have trouble falling asleep, but once I do almost nothing can wake me.

Blessings.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Mary.

Yes, I am blessed. I keep saying that I have found my niche with the spiritual genre, but I also realise that diversity has its own merit. It was good to read your loving 'titbits' about growing up in Queens. Today is our Marathon. Won't be running, though. There is also a celebratory 47-mile race on the 27th, Sri Chinmoy's Birthday. I hope you don't mind my sharing. Lots of Love.

Hey he, my sweet Friend, Marlene.

I did think of you, but a friend asked me to do it. So you are both served here. Glad you like it. Go to UTube and google the poems of Rumi. Many are quite short. He was a man of God but he communicated in a beautiful way and he is very loved by the West. In Light and Happiness.

Hi Lee, Thanks. I believe I remember you as a decent or very decent poet. I'm in pilgrimage, but will look you up soon. Much Love.


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

Ah sleep the great healer! Beautiful but different. Enjoyed..


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Gratitude, Ruby.

Yes, different. A friend asked me to do it. I like challenges. Hope that all is well. Loving thoughts.


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK

You described it perfectly, we feel your words. It's also the place where important dreams will be revealed because we are never fully aware of what's happening in our physical/spiritual world.

The Light of the Sun awakens your Consciousness?

My loud alarm clock awakens mine! :-)

Have a great week.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london Author

Chuckle, chuckle ... you must be having a great day! Thanks a lot, my Friend.


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Inspired Heart 12 months ago from Jamaica

Precious sleep! It gives the body the rest it needs and rejuvenates it for a new day with all its possibilities.

Thanks for your lovely poem manatita.

Blessings.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Inspired Heart. I need some now myself (0033 hrs). Buenos noches y hasta mas tarde. La Paz.


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

This is so me!!

When slumber beckons

And pillows and bed invite,

I relax from the hustle and bustle

With a childish yawn in delight.

Cherished your poetry, Manatita. Cheers to slumber! I am going to hit the bed now. G'nite.


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manatita44 11 months ago from london Author

Hey he. Now I am going to work. Cheers.

Manatita


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shprd74 10 months ago from Bangalore

Yes manatita. This is unwinding.

Liked it. Excellently worded and framed. Nothing is more precious than a sleep. But today's world gives very less sleep. One has to deliberate it. Not many days ahead people will go for sleep sessions and sleep parlours. What you say? Are there any in London?

- Hari


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manatita44 10 months ago from london Author

No Bro,

It is the valium and the zopiclone, and outside of this, it used to be Conflict Resolution (now called Mindfulness) or Vipassana. Actually, even before this, there was some rather expensive retreats for the rich and famous.. Cost a lot but with only lectures added, still another way to stimulate the mind, the very thing that we need to run away from sometimes.

No. No sleep parlours or sessions. Just drugs. He he. Thank you for dropping by so quickly.


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shprd74 10 months ago from Bangalore

oh yes. I missed it. You are right. O God !!! it is drugs that are giving sleep.

We still do not have this menace to the extent of a developed nation. With a culture rich, some gateways are always open for people due to some awareness, which i feel is missing in developed nations. Just guessing. I am not sure of ground reality over there.

- Hari


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manatita44 10 months ago from london Author

Brother, India is rooted in Spirituality. It is from there that I am mastering my Life's course while here in England. Spirituality is the root, then all else follows. Ultimately, it is prayer and meditation that teaches us. The Higher tools of the Divine. Hari Om!!


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swalia 8 months ago

Sleep is indeed magical. I must confess that I am a bit of insomniac and at nights like that, I put on my ear plugs and play 'yoga nidra meditation' - a guided meditation by Guruji. It is very peaceful and my best panacea for insomnia.


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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Perhaps I can download it, my Dear. Back in the UK this evening. More tomorrow, God's willing. Thank you as always for your loving support.

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