We’re going to learn four different techniques and bring them together into one deep and powerful relaxation method.
By practicing these techniques together, you’ll learn how to evoke the super-important Relaxation Response, which scientists have found is so beneficial to our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
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This relaxation exercise consists simply in following with your
attention a trail of 61 distinct points throughout the body. That is
to say, you focus your attention on each of 61 distinct points in turn.
At each point, notice any tension you might feel and let it go. Then go
on to the next point.
You can do this practice sitting up or lying down. If you are able
to do it lying down without falling asleep, it will serve very well as a
deep relaxation exercise. Done sitting up it serves more as a kind of
calming concentration exercise.
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Also known as Yoga Nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. It is not the same as the similarly named “lucid dreaming”, though the two can be easily confused, since the practices that lead to lucid sleeping can also generate lucid dreaming. What further confuses the issue is that, as opposed to being completely separate experiences in kind, the two states are actually only different in degree, existing as they do at opposite ends of a particular slice out of the spectrum of consciousness. Hence, lucid sleeping can “slide into” lucid dreaming and vice versa, a fact which can cloud the real difference between the two.
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