Endymion – prince of dreams

Every living thing needs to sleep. Sleeping, resting from activity is a primal experience and serves as a refreshing lapse in consciousness to face another day.

Endymion will be forever remembered for sleeping. He was too good at his job as a shepherd, guiding his sheep to the safest area and taking a nap.

At night, looking over his flock, he stayed up looking at the moon and became an astronomer by charting its course across the heavens.

The moon goddess Selene fell in love with the beautiful boy watching her.

Endymion by Hans Thoma -1886

He tracked, knew her shapes and movements and worshipped her appearance.

The love between Endymion and Selene can never be fulfilled, because he is mortal and she is immortal. The heavens preserved their love by casting over him ageless sleep, so she could visit him forever sleeping in a cave on a mountain.

Endymion – George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)

Endymion reveals the secret to perpetual youth, that peace of the mind and body in the form of sleep links humanity to the unchangeable essence of the universe. Sleeping can sometimes be the best part of a persons day, and the Gods dwelling in the skies above appreciate humanity most of all in the form of people sleeping.

“I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream while I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.” – Soren Kierkegaard Either/Or page 22