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Lucid Dreaming: This Is How You Can Control Your Dreams

Lucid Dreaming: This Is How You Can Control Your Dreams

Your Lucid Dreaming Adventures Can Start This Week

Lucid dreaming is a hybrid state of consciousness. It is the dream state where you understand that you are dreaming and are able to essentially do anything your brain conjures up. In this elevated state, it is possible to live out your wildest fantasies, or even unlock your subconscious mind.The process of realizing you are dreaming organically isn’t easy to achieve, but the payoffs are well worth the effort.

1. Start a dream journal

The key to becoming lucid is dream recollection and consistent thought about your dreams. Keeping a dream journal accomplishes both of these things. A dream journal can be as simple as a spiral notebook or as personalized as a leather bound journal. The purpose is the same regardless.

Store your journal and a pen somewhere very close to where you sleep each night. As soon as you wake up, initiate dream recall. Write down everything you remember about your dreams as quickly as possible. The more details the better! On top of doing this every time you wake up, actually read your own journal entries and reflect on every dream you’ve had.

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2. Perform reality checks during the day

Physics tend to get fuzzy in dreams, not excluding lucid dreaming. Reality checks help us perceive whether or not we are dreaming. Start this process by using simple reality checks in your waking life. Flip the light switch on and off a few times when you enter a room. While you do this be consciously aware and note in your mind what you are doing and that you are awake. Find a couple of reality checks that are natural to you, that way when you do finally become lucid in your dreaming you can easily validate this to yourself.

My personal favorite reality check it to look at my feet recognize that I am grounded by gravity. When I am having a lucid dream I can distinguish this because I’m easily able to hover a few inches off the ground. Perform at least ten reality checks a day if you want to quickly become lucid at night.

3. Meditate at least two times a day

It’s very important to have a clear head when you go to sleep, especially when making attempts at lucid dreaming for the first time. Meditation is something that promotes a healthy mindset all around. Mental well-being should be a priority for everyone, as it transcends into other avenues of life, including how you dream.

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Meditate once at any comfortable point in your day and then again half an hour before you go to sleep. This method of meditation should give you plenty of time to be reflective on your day and compose yourself before your lucid dreaming adventures.

4. Take supplements that aid in lucid dreaming

Although this step isn’t completely necessary to your success, taking dream enhancing supplements can significantly boost your level of deep sleep also known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. This is the state of sleep where you are most likely to dream. The healthier you are in general, the healthier your dream cycles.

Make sure to start by taking a daily multivitamin and add in extra magnesium, choline, and fish oil, which all support healthy brain function. Melatonin is also a natural and effective sleep aid. As always, if you have any health problems or take any medication, check with your doctor before you start taking new supplements.

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5. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)

Most people remember someone telling them to ‘count sheep’ to shut off your brain and fall asleep. Although it seems a little silly this approach actually works. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams or MILD is a process or repetition.

MILD is an exercise that is rehearsed, either out loud or silently in your head, right before you drift off to sleep. Repeat a phrase like “I will dream tonight, and I will be aware that I am dreaming,” over and over again until you drift off. Be sure to come up with your own mnemonic phrase related to the one above. The more you can relate to your rehearsal, the more powerful it will be.

6. Spend an hour or more a day researching lucid dreaming

There are many free resources available online related to lucid dreaming. Devote a minimum of an hour a day to self educating yourself on the subject. Control Your Dreams by Tom Stafford is an in depth and name your own price ebook with a vast amount of relevant information. The website World of Lucid Dreaming is another great resource.

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Remember to never get frustrated if you don’t have a lucid dream as quickly as you’d like to. If you follow all of these guidelines there is a good chance you will be able to dream lucidly, but there is no guarantee. Like most things in life, the more dedication and effort you put into this, the more likely you are to become lucid during your dreams.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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