What to do when sleep is not coming………..OSHO
If you make efforts to go to sleep,it is very difficult to go to sleep.
Your very efforts are disturbing.
And there are so-called wise people advising others to do this mantra, do this chanting,take a shower or a hot bath – and all these efforts will make you more and more awake.
When people ask me what to do when sleep is not coming, I say, ” Go for a long walk in the dark night, alone.Forget all about sleep. If it is not coming,it means it is not needed.
And after a long walk in the forest, in your aloneness, you will become relaxed.
Or if you cannot go for a long walk,then just close your eyes. But don’t make any effort to sleep; just wait for it. Watch from which door it comes. And you will find yourself in the morning waking up saying, ‘My God, when did sleep come and from which door?’”
When you are not making any effort, you become relaxed. Effort creates tensions,and you cannot attain to understanding through tensions. Relaxation is the door.Just relax in my presence and there will be no question of bafflement, of any puzzle,of any problem.
You wil understand, but it will not come as knowledge.It will come more and more like love,which you know and yet you know not.