reply to post by ladyinwaiting
yes, the dark.. triggers the melatonin!... thats why we close our eyes in meditation folk, we get a nice horomonal mixture... 3rd eye?... we're
getting primed for dream mode yet in a whole different state.
Also the morning and afternoon sun is an amazing thing.. the first hour after sunrise and last hour before sunset there is apparently NO harmful UV
rays... as well as just being in this sun gives you a good pump of melatonin. I do sun gazing where I stare at the sun for an amount of time during
these times... don't worry, i'm not blind, it actually is reported to help fix your vision. I can say it gives me an insane energy boost every
minute after 3 minutes.
Just think this... "oh dear, the sunset is so romantic, lets go watch it together"... it's human instinct to stare at that yellow ball when it's
setting.. and its relaxing to look at.. not blinding... but yeah.. why do you think its so instinctual?.,.you feel so restful watching it set "ah
what a beautiful day it was.. the night is setting in, this is a perfect moment"... no doubt the blast of melatonin is adding to that sunset
A lot of people fall asleep watching tv but its to be avoided for the last half hour before bed if you can. I hear it totally scrambles your sleeping
pattern and really messes up any chance of lucidity. The astral projection guide of that lucidology101 guy on youtube has a very detailed account of
these kinds of factors. There's some interesting stuff in there for sure.
If you want to take it REAL conceptually here people...
think about sleep like a willful detachment from this world.. its like death.. but more like a vacation... mentally you've had enough and just like
an astral projection.. it really is just like letting go of the body and its life it lives and going somewhere else.
I don't think it's a co-incidence I wake up every day feeling every day is unique and like its a new life. Its amazing people aren't more insane
then they are, never addressing their mental blocks, but unbeknown to them, a lot of that is sorting out when you sleep... when you go to bed.. go
ahead and try, ask your mind "fix this problem while I sleep" and I always wake up with an answer or feeling more relaxed about a situation...
anyways... sleep is a regenerative process, a healing process for your body AND mind.
But back to my point, keeping the previous in mind.. its willful detachment and indifference for this life/body that lets the mind detach itself. Such
ideas have really helped me with astral projections.
If your mind is still occupied with thoughts of this life, it doesn't want to leave.. so it won't!!
Mentally I sometimes break it down to solid issues of what's keeping me awake... and it goes like this "ok, i get it, but there is nothing i can do
about it now, so theres no point thinking about it.. I will do this tomorrow.. and do my little mental command to get answers while I sleep, but for
now it can wait"... just little acknowledgements.. sometimes they aren't enough, but they help a little in getting that mind to shut up.
Being mentally stimulated is a tough one, it really is to me.. I would guess it to be the only real thing keeping you from sleeping... your worldly
fascination with this life and attachment to it. When you're in "F*$%K it" mode.. you don't care.. and you drift off somewhere else.
I find reading a book really helps before bed as an alternative to stretching but I would recommend both for those nights you feel REALLY pumped
(mentally).. I don't know if its because reading is mentally straining of or what but again it comes back to that lazyness response.. the same with
the stretching... you feel restless until you stretch and then all you can think about is "ahh i'm too lazy to stretch" so laying down suddenly
kicks ass... and you want to think a lot but when doing all that reading suddenly you just want to turn your brain off.... getting the body and mind
to just calm down and lose interest in itself.
When I read a book on meditation 4 years ago.. they talked about different stages... counting the breath and such to keep your mind focused.. (oh yea,
try that one to sleep! ) you know.. like "counting sheep"... its a disciplinary tactic and it will train your mind to be more disciplined.. you get
sleep.. and get an added bonus.... but anyways... once you do that counting.. it was saying the body will start to get numb... you have an urge or
move or itch and you try to ignore it.. but key thing is you get comfortable before you even start... STRETCH... but sooner or later your not paying
attention to your body or environment and the body becomes entirely paralyzed and all you are is a this euphoric kind of open consciousness floating
around in darkness where time seems to be compressed, like your mind is disciplined, thoughts come slow, but when you come out of it, it still seems
like a lot happened in a short period... I do another kind of meditation where instead it is extreme awareness of the body and environment.. but the
point i'm trying to illustrate here is the mind-body relationship and how much potential is there.
Use the mind as a tool, don't be its puppet.
There's a reason I meditate and the original intent was never to find my spiritual self... its just god damn practical as hell.. The more I am aware
of my functions and how they go all out of wack and how I can enhance things, the more life just kicks ass.. plain and simple.. though other
discoveries may come out of it, and so a spiritual side arises from that.. but I would say to put that behind you when you first start... just get
into the practicality of it... I don't see some spiritual self as something to chase after but rather something that grabs you, as you become more
open and disciplined certain things kind of slap you in the face and suddenly you have a very different way of looking at things, all the while....
you're just trying to live your life... as a simple healthy, human being.