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Do These 5 Things Before Sleeping – Sadhguru

Sadhguru: You can incubate a lot of either negative things or positive things in sleep. This is getting too easy, just sleeping sadhana. So, coming awake to an alarm bell with a sudden start is not the best way to do your life. How many of you find that one day morning when you get up without any reason, you're just feeling ugly – for no reason? If it is happening even at least two, three times a year, if it is then you must do certain things before you go to bed; it's very, very important. Because unconsciously, you need to understand this, you can incubate a lot of either negative things or positive things in sleep. Either pleasantness or unpleasantness, you can incubate very effectively uninterrupted in sleep. You can also incubate it in the day, but there are so many interruptions, it doesn't happen very efficiently. But if you have a tendency to go to bed in a certain way and wake up in the morning really nasty, for simply no reason, that means you're incubating things in the night very efficiently – bad eggs. This is not just about psychological disturbances; it can cause major physiological problems over a period of time. This is important that you eliminate these things from your life. So, before you go to bed in the night, there are certain things that you need to take care of. It's best if you're eating meat and other kinds of meals, you eat at least three to four hours before you go to bed. The digestion is over before going to bed. Drink a certain amount of water and go to bed. You will see it gets taken care of just like this. One simple thing can be, just a shower, always to shower before go to bed; it will make a lot of difference. In this weather, maybe cold showers are difficult, so you go for lukewarm showers. Don't go for hot showers in the night; go for lukewarm showers. It makes you alert, so you will think, “Oh, I cannot sleep.” It doesn't matter, you will sleep fifteen, twenty minutes or half an hour later, but you will sleep better because it will take away certain things. When you shower it is not just the dirt on the skin that you're taking away. Have you noticed, if you're very tense and anxious, whatever, just a shower you came out and feels like almost a burden has been taken away from you? Have you not noticed this? So, it's not just about washing the skin; a whole lot of things happen when water flows over your body. This shower is a very rudimentary Bhuta Shuddhi. Because over seventy percent of your body is actually water. If you run water over it, a certain purification happens, which is beyond cleaning the skin. One more thing if you want to do, you just light an organic oil lamp, a cotton wick, some oil, anything. What do you use here? Normal cooking oil, linseed oil, rice bran oil or sesame oil, what do you have? Participants: Olive oil. Sadhguru: Olive oil, fine. Any organic oil with the cotton wick, just burn one little lamp somewhere in the room where you sleep, you will see these things will completely disappear. If you can bring in a chant or there are nightly practices – yogic practices before you go to bed, sit on your bed and do this practice. Do you know in about… if you live for about sixty years, you're… on an average most human beings are eating anywhere between 1100 to 1400 tons of food? So that means even what you think is my body is not this. It's changing every day; new input is happening and old things are going away. So 1400 tons, you don't have… carry that much of weight right now. So obviously what you have as a body right now, is just a transient amount of food and soil isn't it? Hello? Participants: Yes. Sadhguru: So, what you think is mine also is not it? It is just all the time changing. Tonight, before you go to bed, spend at least twelve, fifteen minutes reminding yourself: you're neither this body, nor this mind. Just lie down and just remind yourself, this body is not really you. It is mine right now for use, but it's not really me. Just… if you're not able to do it, just link it to your breath: inhalation, I'm not the body; exhalation, I'm not even the mind. Just lie down for twelve minutes and do it till the last moment, till you fall asleep. This is something you must notice.

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