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Mark Foote
Post title: Consciousness Taking Place Without Motor Ability
(Jun 8 2012 at 10:08 AM)

When I'm falling asleep, I generally have a few moments where my mind seems to be shifting around in my body, right before I drop off. This is probably more apparent when I've had enough sleep so that I'm lying there in bed wondering if I'm going to get to sleep, what a luxury that is!

Because I know that I have to let go of any direction of mind in order to fall asleep, I tend to turn my attention to where my thoughts just took place, to where my awareness is in my body. That's when may

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Mark Foote
Post title: Coming Back to Location
(Jun 3 2012 at 01:02 AM)

"The meditation of coming back to location that you describe Mark is actually so darn simple that one could easily discount it, but it works, and I like it as one technique I can use when I wake up in the middle of the night, thanks." (astralc, on The Tao Bums discussion forum)

The practice is indeed darn simple once a person witnesses the location of consciousness shifting, as just before sleep.

I think the same practice is at the heart of seated meditation. Here's Dogen, the founder of

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Mark Foote
Post title: A Turning Point For Me
(May 30 2012 at 10:50 AM)

The lotus so far has taught me how a particular balance is struck:  the sartorius muscles rotate the pelvis; rotation in the pelvis extends the hips; extension of the hips generates activity in the piriformis muscles; activity in the piriformis muscles rotates the sacrum contrary to the pelvis

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