You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!
In Dr Stephen Laberge's book, "Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life", he introduces the idea of lucid dreaming and gives advice and techniques for achieving it. Dr Stephen Laberge is considered the pioneer of lucid dreaming and has conducted more than 20 years of research on the topic at Stanford University.
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Lucid dreaming is the state of being aware that you are dreaming. This allows you to take charge and control your dreams in productive ways. Lucid dreaming can be used as a tool for problem solving and personal growth. Lucid dreamers (sometimes called "oneironauts") regularly describe their dreams as being exciting, uplifting and highly rewarding.
Humans spend about a third of their lives asleep. Some lucid dreamers argue that sleeping through dreams is not a productive use of one's lifespan. With consistent practice, people can learn to become lucid pretty much whenever they want and recapture some of this lost time. Lucid dreaming is not easy; it requires a lot of practice and training.
Close your eyes and try to recreate the following textures. This exercise helps improve your ability to form concrete visualizations from memory, which is one characteristic of creative people.
1. A tennis ball
How well did you do at recreating the texture? How long did it take? Rank your recreation on a scale of 1-10 for how close it was to reality. Try to do better each time you practice this exercise.
There is a strong connection between mental pictures and emotions. If you visualize something happy, you will feel happier and if you visualize something sad, you will start to feel sad. Here is one way to take advantage of this phenomenon.
Pick a goal that you want to achieve. You may want to start with a small goal and work your way up to bigger goals as you gain practice with this technique. Let's say that your goal is to go bowling and get two strikes in a row. Close your eyes and picture yourself bowling. Try to involve all of your senses. How does the bowling alley sound? What does the ball feel like? Do you notice particular smells? Visualize yourself getting the two strikes in a row. Pay attention to your feelings and recognize how much you will enjoy achieving this goal. This visualization will help your mind prepare for achieving the goal.
Look around the room and try to find as many green things as you can. Plants, people's eyes and money are examples of things that might be green. This exercise helps you become more aware of your surroundings and helps improve your attention to details. If green is too easy for you, try combinations of colors. For example: objects with red and purple.
You can do this exercise whenever you are sitting around doing nothing, whether it's on the bus or in a waiting room. If you have a friend with you, make it a challenge to see who can find the most objects.