“Recapitulation is a valuable practice to use in the evenings just before going to sleep. It’s a way to put yourself in the position of observer of your life, and of your dreams, so that connections, themes, insights, and meaningful coincidences become clearer. In short, this process allows you to access a higher level of consciousness.” ~Chopra Center for Wellbeing
I have attended numerous Chopra Center programs and at each they tell us the importance of a recapitulation practice at the end of the day. Once again, I have let this valuable practice fall from my daily practice and April is a month for me to regain the practice.
Prior to falling asleep, you review your day from start to finish as if you were watching a movie. You do this quickly, the whole process should take about five minutes. You don’t evaluate, judge or analyze what you are seeing; you observe objectively. You may notice things you didn’t do consciously and gain insights about the main character in the movie. One of the benefits is to help you develop your witnessing awareness. After you have finished watching the movie of your day, you let it go. One of the benefits of letting it go is so you can sleep easier. You have recapitulated your day.
Deepak tells you to say to yourself, “just as I witnessed my day, I will witness my sleep.” I noticed that when I initially started this process, I had little recollection of my dreams, but as I practiced it daily I now remember my dreams more and use the recapitulation process with my dreams to observe objectively without judgment what I experienced in the dream state. One of the key reasons for doing this is to continue to awaken the witnessing awareness so you get in touch with who you really are at your core and to attain higher levels of consciousness.
If you have never tried recapitulation, try doing it at the end of the day. Remember the key is to be objective and not judge or evaluation yourself and let the day go.
Also ask to witness your sleep and do the recapitulation process with your dreams.
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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