4am Is A Special Time

I just watched this TED video about 4am.

It was poignant for me because last night at 4am I was lying awake in bed, wondering when sleep would come.

4am is touted as an auspicious time for meditation. The world is quiet, your life is quiet, there are fewer distractions, both internal and external, to hamper you in achieveing your goal.

I like 4am for precisely those reasons. I used to write late at night (not 4am, I’m not crazy) because everyone else was asleep, and all the good ideas were mine for the taking.

I’m often awake at 4am due to work. To be there because of choice is exhilarating. To be there because of money is not.

4ams are special, because they’re few and far between. They should be savoured as much as possible, because they don’t come very often. Make them good, make them interesting, make them worthy of The Museum Of Four In The Morning.

Make the best of them, and all the opportunity they embody. Don’t lie in bed watching youTube videos like I did.

Four in the Morning, by Wislawa Szymborska

The hour from night to day.
The hour from side to side.
The hour for those past thirty.

The hour swept clean to the crowing of cocks.
The hour when earth betrays us.
The hour when wind blows from extinguished stars.
The hour of and-what-if-nothing-remains-after-us.

The hollow hour.
Blank, empty.
The very pit of all other hours.

No one feels good at four in the morning.
If ants feel good at four in the morning
–three cheers for the ants. And let five o’clock come
if we’re to go on living.

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A Month Of Meditation

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A wise man once said:

“Sometimes I just sits and thinks,

and sometimes I just sits”


Now I don’t think that he was talking about meditation (actually I think he was talking about Winnie The Pooh) but he may as well have been.

For too long I have been at the mercy of my emotions. They rattle through my brain, unfiltered and unchecked, quite often ruining my day. They conjure in the mind such an endless list of past regrets, imagined slights, future fears and general unrealities that I decided it was time to do something about it. So, I set myself a bit of a challenge.

I decided that for the month of November I would sit and meditate thirty minutes every day. Now I know that sounds like a lot to begin with, most would recommend ten to twenty minutes for starters, but I know from experience that…

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Make Changes. Make Choices.

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This post was going to be about preparedness. I was going to talk about the five day yoga retreat I’ve just been on, and how not going to the osteopath before I went really hindered my ability to do all the asanas and meditation. Also I was going to mention the many ‘hikers’ in t-shirts, shorts, and trainers I saw slogging their way up to the very cold and very windy top of Snowdon afterwards. In fact the post was going to be called “I’ve got sun cream and a penguin!”, something I heard one of them say as I passed their group on my way down. I thought it kind of summed it all up really, the idea of the lack of preparation, and how we don’t do ourselves any favours sometimes.

But then I had something of a personal revelation, so I thought I’d go into that instead…

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