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  • No one talks about the intimacy of sleep. Oh sure, we talk about the intimacy of sleeping with someone, but not the intimacy within the nature of the act itself. To fall asleep next to someone is the absolute surrender of all one's constructs of self. For a deliberate 8 hour period (one hopes) you enter a state of chosen unconsciousness. All the masks must fall away and you are there breathing the breaths at the pace your body needs, moving your muscles the way your muscles need to be moved, dreaming the dreams you need to dream. The construct of your identity is shattered. Pretending cannot happen in this state. If you are sad your body will weep. If you are angry your body will toss and turn and grunt throughout the night. And your partner will nudge you awake and ask you, "Honey, what is wrong?"

    To sleep is to surrender. To fully surrender in the midst of another. My single greatest challenge.
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