Recently I was talking with some friends about naps. One said she wakes up feeling guilty about all the things she didn’t get done. The other said that she used to feel that way but now she loves the relaxation, and anyway, “Most of the things that I think I should get done aren’t really that important. It just doesn’t matter.”
A nap is a way for me to tap into the 3S’s, even when I’m home and on a busy schedule. In practical terms, I nap in solitude and silence, although sometimes I put on a meditation CD; the process is simple as long as I’m warm and comfortable. But this meditation nap leads me to a deeper place, which continues long after my nap is over. When I’m up and about, I’m more apt to feel the silence even in the midst of activity; I can step into solitude even when people are around; and life seems more simple, even when activities are complex. It’s a state of mind, as the expression goes, but I’m going to call it a state of body/mind/spirit. The cumulative effect is well worth the excuse not to do unnecessary chores. It’s as simple as that.