Meditation for lucid dreaming has many benefits. It forms part of both Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams and Wake Induced Lucid Dreams, and is great for improving lucidity through visualization and altered states. What's more, many people from cultures around the world meditate for:
"Meditation is my soul's soundless
with my inner pilot"
It can have very positive effects on the mind and body. The process of focusing all your mental energy on one specific goal can help you achieve almost anything you desire.
Scientific studies have also shown a direct link between meditation and lucid dreaming. Both help you become more self aware and reflective. This improves your dream recall, visualization skills and your ability to become lucid. Regular practice will help you achieve profound relaxation and increase your chances of having lucid dreams.
People have been entering a meditative state of mind for more than 5,000 years. It is a component of almost every religion. But that does not mean you have to be religious in order to meditate.
The science of meditating stems from psychophysiology - a branch of psychology which studies the effect of the mind on the body. In order to meditate for lucid dreaming, you must develop two opposite skills:
But don't worry, you don't have to give up your busy lifestyle or become a Buddhist Monk to be successful :)
I will guide you through two simple routines here: Breathing (to quiesce the mind) and Guided Meditation (to focus the mind). Both can be very enjoyable and you will notice the beneficial effects straight away.
You can do these exercises unaided, or with the help of brainwave entrainment. Check out my list of favorite brainwave entrainment audios.
Choose a quiet place. You can cross your legs (like a traditional Buddha) or sit in a chair. The key is to keep your back straight to stop your mind from becoming sleepy.
Allow your eyes to close naturally and focus on your breathing, without actually trying to control it. Breathe in and out through the nostrils and become aware of how the air feels as it enters and leaves your body.
At first, your mind will be full of jumbled thoughts and it may feel like things are getting busier. In fact, you are increasing your self awareness and noticing how many thoughts you really have. Avoid the temptation of following your thoughts as they occur. Stay focused on your breath going in and out of your nose.
If you realize your mind has wandered, bring it back. If you keep this up for 10-15 minutes, you will achieve a quiet state of mind. Your thoughts will be clear and lucid, like a calm lake that has not been disturbed for a long time.
Choose a quiet place to meditate and sit comfortably. Focus on your breathing and allow your eyes to close naturally. You are about to increase your self awareness and mentally disassociate from your physical body.
Imagine that you are walking through a beautiful garden. It is natural and wild and never-ending. Feel the clean air entering your lungs, and observe the tranquil environment around you. If you use meditation CDs, follow your guide into the peaceful environment they describe.
The aim is to use your visualization skills to increase your awareness of this imaginary landscape while allowing your mind and body to release stress. Listen intently to the peaceful silence. You may start to hear birdsong or the rhythmic sound of raindrops. The stronger the mental imagery, the better.
Feel the texture of the grass under your bare feet. Stop to touch the flowers and feel the warm air circulating around you. Make every movement slow and deliberate. Take as long as you like to explore your tranquil garden.
It may help you focus if you continue walking at all times, so that the scenery is forever changing. Moving down a gentle slope in your garden will mirror the action of your consciousness going deeper.
After about 15 minutes you will be in a trance-like state, with little awareness of your physical body. Gently rouse yourself from the trance by counting backwards from five to one, taking deep breaths as you do. Give yourself a few moments before you open your eyes.
These self guided exercises are great for increasing self awareness and allowing your mind to focus without everyday distractions. You may change the scenery every time you practice the guided routine - make up your own inner worlds - as long as they promote calm relaxation and vivid mental imagery.
For more in-depth tutorials on meditation for lucid dreaming, check out my digital course, The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track. It contains a separate guide to meditation, specific guided visualizations for creating lucid dreams, and a guided meditation MP3.
When it comes to daily meditation for lucid dreaming, many people think it's a nice idea but can't imagine finding the time to practice it. This is the first mental block. Modern life puts huge time stresses on all of us. That can make us miserable - always feeling like we never accomplish what we really want. And this kind of frustrated mindset can affect our health too.
The beauty of meditating is that it actually helps you to focus your mental energy and think more clearly. This allows you to get your priorities straight and get more things done. It is almost a paradox that taking time out for this generates more free time in your daily life. A simple 15-minute daily routine will relieve you of stress and encourage inner peace.
By practicing guided meditation for lucid dreaming, you will enhance your self awareness and develop a focused mindset. You will enhance your visualization skills and this mental imagery will inspire you when it comes to lucid dreaming.