Monday, March 27, 2017

The Joys of Insomnia

Insomnia can be a joy, maybe not as great a pleasure as sleep, but at the very least a learning experience, providing you embrace it. Many people fight insomnia, but the dreaded scourge of darkness can easily become the thinking man’s NoDoz. Let insomnia work for you. First of all, what better way to improve your meditation practice than to count your breaths through an insomniac night? And then there's your old friend visualization. Say you've been taking tango classes with your wife. What better time to bone up on your moves than when she's lying in bed and softly snoring by your side! Look at "tossing and turning" as a new class at the gym.  If you're studying a language, insomnia is a great time to go over your amo, amas, amats. And then there's sex. It’s night. Somewhere in the big city, another couple is having hot and heavy sex. While the fact that you’re not could make you feel left out, you now have a perfect opportunity to indulge in a bit of harmless, virtual reality adultery. “In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day” is the famous Fitzgerald quote. In fact, there’s no better time to enjoy illicit but safe sex with yourself. True insomniacs know that one of the secret perks of the ailment, is the voyeuristic enjoyment of other people’s romantic lives.

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