I've re-committed myself to a daily vipassana practice over the last two weeks. I have been meditating for a couple of years, but mostly it has been irregular.
My question basically comes from the fact that I meditate in the evening, before bed. So about 10pm for me. I find that this frequently results in lucid dreams, very vivid dreams as well.
Also, separately, I can fall into states of near-sleep (like on the bus
) where i have a fairly clear awareness of what is going on, but my sense of the body largely drops away. I say largely, because I will be able to note 'mouth hanging open' if it drops open. It isn't a struggle anymore to maintain that near-sleep state, I can coast along for like half an hour in this way noting aspects of my thoughts.
So, no real problems here. I am guessing this is just another thing to be aware of and let pass. My near sleep state might be called 'sinking mind' by some Buddhist meditators, I don't know.
But, I have an intellectual curiousity if this is close to Yoga Nidra?
I am considering taking a yoga nidra class at a local yoga studio to see what it's like. I still see myself as practicing in theravada traditions, but I think the sort of experiential overlap is interesting. Anyone else consider this??