Monday, May 4, 2020
Indeed, the white milky sap of a lettuce plant, especially wild lettuce, does have a slight sleepifying effect.
What are your soporifics? Pills? TV? Reading?
One of my soporifics is wheat. Wheat makes me sleepy. Two hours after a piece of toast, i feel like i need a nap. Therefore, i don't eat bread or pasta products on retreat. I renounce that delicious bread that the retreat center serves with the soup dinner.
There's a time and place for inducing sleep, but during meditation, sleepiness and laziness (aka sloth and torpor) is a hindrance.
We are on the path toward awakening. Therefore we need to be awake for our meditation. Wake up!
Then eat some lettuce before bedtime.