The Yoga of making your bed.

Namo namaha.

The world is divided into two camps. At least in the morning. There are those that jump out of bed and don’t give a second thought to making it. On the other hand there are others who wouldn’t dare leave the bedroom without first tackling this task.

I must admit, making the bed comes with both pros and cons.

Pros

  • Makes you more productive.
  • Sense of accomplishment.
  • Tidier looking room.
  • Teaches you discipline.
  • Teaches trust- after all, if you can’t be trusted with the little things, how can you be trusted with the big things.
  • Delayed gratification. You have to make your bed then wait until nighttime to enjoy the benefits.
  • Pleases the perfectionist in you, or your mother.

Cons

  • Bed bugs are attracted to warmth. By not making the bed you give them a chance to move on somewhere else.
  • Loss of valuable time that could be spent drinking coffee.
  • You could injure yourself. Hey, I had to put that in there ’cause there ain’t that many cons to making your bed every morning.

There’s also the idea of “making your bed” figuratively speaking. The premise is that you have no one but yourself to blame for the consequences of your actions. That we’re somehow locked into the events of the past and should suffer the wrath of our unwholesome choices. There’s no forgiveness here. Nothing positive with this attitude, so let’s just move on.

So what do we do?

Are we stuck in a simple “yes/no” dichotomy, with no hope for the wicked? I say not. One of the greatest spiritual teachers of mankind was the Buddha. For those who are unaware of who he is a little background first.

Prince Gautama Siddharta began his life as a high caste Indian prince some 2500 years ago. A royal man who had all his earthly whims and desires taken care of but was bored with the luxuries of his existence. One day he ventured out into town in his royal chariot, far away from the relative extravagant comforts of his privileged life. Beyond the safety of his princely, palace walls and into the midst of the lower castes of society. There he saw great sights: illness, old-age, even death. Shocked by what he saw, he abandoned and renounced his princely life and took up the life of a poor, wandering begger, suffering, by choice, extreme austerities along the way. He believed that happiness meant punishment, or at least the opposite of extravagance. Near death, one day he sat down under a bodhi tree and became enlightened. He was asked ” Who are you?”, to which he replied “I am awake!” (Buddha, means awakened one.)

What did the Buddha awaken to? The middle path.

Sometimes, I make my bed because I’m awesome and I’ve got it going on! Then there are other times when I couldn’t give two hoots about the pile of ruffled sheets and pillows that is my bed. So, I give myself a choice every day.

Choice. The middle ground. And that, my dear friends, is the lesson of the “Yoga of making your bed”.

Thank you for joining me on this journey to freedom.

Love, light and blessings to you all.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Namaste.

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