One of the baseline characteristics of the dream state is that the dreamer doesn’t know he’s sleeping. Some of us dream with our eyes wide open. Today, interestingly enough, ‘woke’ is a pejorative.
Whatever we resist is strengthened by our resistance. Two spiritual principles which amount to the same thing: (1) Resist nothing. (2) Stop trying. There will come a day when these subversives are taught routinely, as a matter of necessity. For now, ego’s handling things.
Some Jungian analysts believe that the first 45 minutes after awakening are uniquely generative and creatively potent. The mind is still, savouring its experience of liminal space, and ego’s defence systems are down. The question “What’s next?” does not occur.
The breath is our most important biological function. It is also our best ally in breaking the thought habit. We breathe 22,000 times per day. Most of these breaths are unconscious—that is, we don’t notice them. A conscious breath, a breath we notice, stops the mind. Which is amazing! The mind cannot do two things at once. It can either think like crazy or notice that the body is breathing. Yes, you’re right. Minus the treats, it’s like training a dog.
First do this: Witness the adrenalized mind, noting its panicked zigzaggery, how it darts about like a squirrel in traffic. And then what? And then nothing. To see it is to settle it.