The Slake Stage 😴

Forgive all before you go to sleep, you’ll be forgiven before you get up. – Lord Krishna. This is one of those quotes which I guess is not discussed much unlike the quotes about Karma and Dharma. We have a tendency to do practices which are well followed, easy to pursue even if the outputs arrive really late. To people of my age I believe it would rather sound easy to do deeds without thinking about rewards or failures rather than going to bed on time.

Humans when born in terms of consciousness have only two characteristics either we are asleep or we are awake. Let’s call them ‘Sleep stage’ and ‘Awake stage’ respectively. During Awake stage we live, experience and think whereas in Sleep stage we are oblivious. But as we grow a third stage also comes into significance in which we are perfectly conscious but we can’t do anything. The stage between Sleep and Awake or as I called it the ‘Slake stage’. Most of us would have experienced it generally at midnight. The duration where we want to sleep but we can’t because we feel we are not tired enough; we want to do stuff realizing we are awake but again we can’t, we want to move but we can’t and yet our eyes won’t close. It all happens because we are not able to get over the day we spent or due to sedentary lifestyle. There can be different causes for different people but I believe that many of us have experienced it.

The Slake stage I believe is the line which differentiates healthy from unhealthy, optimistic from pessimistic, cheerful from gloomy. It would sound naïve if any person gives us a message of sleeping on time because we have adopted this third stage so well that our bodies have become accustomed and even if we try to avoid this stage our body will just not allow as it has become a part of our lifecycle. The stage is significantly insidious.

But once avoided, the energy and hope that we feel in ourselves is tremendous. Even Yoga and exercise don’t return such quick outputs but avoiding the Slake stage certainly does. It’s worth a try.

Good days are coming.