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    • Magic lies in the details. Nobody knew this better than Marcel Proust, who reminds us how miraculous it is to fall asleep and then awaken.

    Proust’s guide to waking up every morning / 

    The acclaimed writer, Alain de Botton, is characterised by his articulate moments of inspiration, and recently remembered Proust. At the same time he summoned an action that we take for granted most of the time, and which could be the most complex and miraculous of our lives: falling asleep and waking up the next morning.

    Botton reminds us that the processes through which our personalities become fragmented until they eventually disintegrate; meaning, the process in which we fall asleep, and is in reality, a miraculous process. Proust begins In Search of Lost Time with roughly 50 pages that describe how a person falls asleep, and after roughly a hundred pages the same person is waking up: that “miracle, the complexity, the reassembling of the self that every day takes place under that bland, cliché, ‘I woke up’”, is something that according to the English author, we should be more aware of.

    Alluding Proust, the great magician of details, is an elegant way of suggesting that, if he devoted so very many pages to the details of this marvellous and daily process, to feel alive we need not go further than that: pay attention to the miracle. We don’t need to go to the seaside to feel alive, or climb a mountain; falling asleep and waking up every morning is the most appropriate way of feeling absolutely alive. Saying: "I lay in bed and by looking at things properly, I felt properly alive."

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