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Lions Roar : November 2018
the day, “Tonight I’m going to have many dreams, and I’m going to become lucid in my dreams.” Put your heart into it. I’ve attended dream yoga teachings where the only induction method offered was intention. Add some octane to your intent by adding some emotional charge. That is, set the intention to dream whatever it is that you specifically want to dream. For example, you might say to yourself, “I’m going to wake up in my dreams and feel the thrill of flying through space!” Intent is also used to seed your noc- turnal spiritual practice. You might say to yourself, “For the benefit of myself and others, I’m going to wake up in my dreams so that I can practice meditation while I dream.” 2. Last Thought, Best Thought The last thought on your mind before falling asleep has a big effect on how you sleep and dream. If you go to bed stressed out, you’ll tend to have stressed out dreams. Calm your mind with meditation before going to bed. Then reset your intention to become lucid in your dreams. This final push will project lucidity deep into your unconscious mind and far into the night. Lie down in bed and place your hands on your belly, which helps you unwind. Because we tend to just flop into bed nonlucidly, install some lucidity by counting twenty-one breaths. Notice how your breathing (wind, prana) slows down as your mind slows down. After twenty- one breaths, let everything go and allow yourself to drop into sleep. 3. Wake and Back to Bed The first part of the night is devoted mostly to non-REM (rapid eye move- ment) sleep, which is when we get the restoration and rest we need. Practitio- ners of lucid dreaming put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on this part of the night, so as not to interfere with resting. As the night progresses, non-REM sleep is replaced with REM sleep, which is when we dream the most, so the last few hours of the night are prime time for lucid dreaming. The wake-and-back-to-bed method is when you set your alarm to go off about two hours before you normally wake up. Stay up for twenty to forty minutes. Don’t check your phone or turn on any electronic device. Meditate, reset your intention, or engage in light reading about lucid dreaming. Then go back to bed. This simple method has been shown to increase your chances of lucid dream- ing by up to 2,000 percent. ♦ LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2018 22 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE