a reply to: Mousygretchen
There are an enormous amount of different, pertinent exercises. This type of topic has been around for a very long time, but since objective,
universal "facts" are hard to come by.. a lot of it is exploration through trial and error.
Determining what will help you get where you want to go is tricky at best. In general though, basic meditation and "mindfulness" exercises are great.
The ones that will jive with you best will be partially dependent on your belief system.
So, disclaimers aside, breathing exercises are a good one. They are simple, yet have an extraordinary amount of depth. Try not to think about
the breathing, rather, let your lungs do their thing just as your brain does. The idea is to eventually experience both of these systems (the lungs
breathing and the brain thinking) as two individual, but not separate
, parts of the same whole. Then, expand that to the whole body (heartbeat,
etc.) and then everything around us and within us. Once that is achieved, it provides an excellent foundation for further growth in these arenas.
We tend to approach everything with our thoughts/thinking and force everything through that filter. That can place limitations and concepts on our
experience, even just how we experience our own body, that can be inaccurate and misleading. This frequently ends up happening to everything we
encounter. From people we meet to lucid dreaming, we try to put these things into thoughts based on past experience. As a sole means of processing
'life,' it can lead to frustration. Practices like breathing exercises can lead to expanding our toolset. It is also something that can be practiced
all the time, so it can help improve focus and discipline (mindfulness).
As it all turns into habitual behavior, which can take some time, it becomes easier to recognize the different "feel" of being asleep and dreaming or
being awake. Similar to the different "feel" of thinking about breathing or simply breathing while thinking.
As we become more continuously aware of the subtle nuances of existence, it becomes easier to recognize which state we may be in at a given time (like
dreaming or awake).
There are also things like always checking if light switches work. It has never worked for me, but it does for some. As it becomes a habit, it can be
a trigger for some to enter a lucid dreaming state. In my opinion though, I think that cultivating practices that are useful outside of strictly lucid
dreaming are a better investment of time.
Google can help too. Even if something seems silly, it may be exactly what you need as an individual.
"Ruts," in this context, could also be called habits. The more we do anything in life, or the more we are exposed to something in a certain context,
the more embedded it becomes in who we are and how we act.
Just like traveling over the same road many, many times starts to show as lines of wear on the road. Given enough time, the only way to travel on such
a road is in the worn-down grooves, or ruts. Even if you want to turn, the ruts will prevent it. While this can be used to our advantage, it can also
work to our detriment. We can do it to ourselves, but it can also be programmed into us by others. Learning how to avoid their pitfalls, and learning
how to build entirely new paths to new experiences, gives us some tools to free ourselves from prisons made by ourselves or others.
Hope that helps explain it a bit better.
Over the years, I've tried to learn how to communicate these things, or even just find basic common
ground.. to no avail. So, I've begun to avoid it altogether, preferring to share my perspective through inventions and creations. Its different in
most ways, but exceedingly satisfying.
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