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ASK MERRILY/Dread of Morning

Merrily Preston
By Merrily Preston
Posted on Oct 07,2009
Filed Under Personal Development , Opinions,
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Photo by Flickr/damclean/2917025/<br />By most people standards, I'm a late riser. Sure most of you are getting up at 6 am or earlier, but this morning's alarm was especially disturbing. <br />
Photo by Flickr/damclean/2917025/
By most people standards, I'm a late riser. Sure most of you are
getting up at 6 am or earlier, but this morning's alarm was
especially disturbing.

Alexandria, Virginia 

So here's my problem...

When I wake up in the morning, I feel a sense of dread and I want to stay
under the covers (which I do for a little bit).  Any "advice"???

Sense of Dread  

Dear Sense of Dread,

Good that your ‘sense of dread’ is not debilitating and keeps you ‘under the covers’ for only ‘a little bit.’
 
While you are safely tucked in, could you use that time to explore your sense of dread?
 
Let yourself relax into your body and then into the sense of dread itself for about 15 minutes.  Breathe gently in and out, making no attempt to change either your breath or your sense of dread.  Just be aware of breath and dread in the same way that you would notice your fingers and toes.  Continue this practice for several mornings.
 
If you are genuinely curious, add a simple inquiry to your exploration.  In your journal write a question, such as: what do I dread that makes me want to stay under the covers?  Without trying to analyze or figure it out, just let answers come to you for a few days.  They will appear like puzzle pieces falling into place.  One day a big piece may unexpectedly land, bringing a grand insight into your sense of dread.  Write about the new insight.
 
You may find that you don’t want to face a particular person, a job you don’t like, a tough situation, or a lonely time of day.  An old, familiar issue could show up.  When you realize what is keeping you under the covers, then you can move forward and make space for it in your life.  You can decide how to address it.  Things often aren’t as scary once they are identified.
 
It could be interesting and fun to practice your inquiry with a good friend.
 
Please write back about your findings.  
 
Merrily Preston is an Intentional Life Facilitator, who lives in Woodbridge. Her column is exclusive to Local Kicks. Email questions to merrily8@comcast.net, or use online form at www.anintentionallife.com



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