As a mental health professional, I have to suggest you follow your
doctors directions, although I am doubtful that he is basing his
"Depression" diagnosis just on your waking up earlier. As we progress
in our meditative practice, it is common to start becoming aware of
how we are squandering energy needlessly. For instance, we may
realize that we cringe and tighten up all our muscles whenever our
mother-in-law or our boss enters the room. When we recognize this
reaction, we no longer may do it habitually, and thus start to
conserve the energy that we would have normally wasted in getting
uptight. This ultimately leads to having more energy overall, and
lessens the amount of time we need to sleep to replenish it.
Similarly, we may even start reacting with laughter whenever we see
ourselves doing dumb, energy wasting, habitual reactive motions, like
twiddeling our thumbs, scratching body parts that aren't itching,
playing with our hair, and so on. We then not only start to save the
squandered energy by not doing these unconscious energy-wasting
things, we gain energy by our laughter. Also, as we evolve in
meditation, at night, it becomes easier and easier to let go of
things we would tend to go over and over, thus allowing our sleep to
be of a better, more refreshing quality. I wish you well, and hope
your sleep is pleasant, beneficial, and helps end any depression you
are going through.
Peace and blessings,
--- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "Gustavo Daud Amadera"
> I'm searching the web for info on sleep needs for meditation
practitioners - I started meditating seriously after a major
depression crisis (about 1 year ago).
> Recently I started waking up 1 hour (+-) earlier than I usually
My doctor really thinks I'm depressed again (based on that...).
> Thanks for any light on the subject!
> Gustavo Daud Amadera (Brazil)
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