Turiya*

All night long while
our bodies sleep
you and I are one star
watching over them.
Their breath flows
gently up to us and
touches the milk of
our darkness, then
returns, fragrant
with healing musk.
This is the work of
Turiya, the Witness
beyond dreams,
beyond waking.
It is who we really
are, safeguarding
ourselves with
constant love.

Photo by Amy Lamb
*In the Upanishads, Turiya is the term for the fourth of state of consciousness, the Witness, who is eternally awake beneath the other three states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep.