I did Taiji: eight pieces of silk, the form, and five golden coins. Not bad, not good. This is getting to be normal.
The other side of it is bad sleep habits from almost two decades, which I’m trying to fix. About two months or so ago, I realized that both Jason Miller’s course and Frater RO’s course were urging students to reconnect with their dreams. I wanted this, badly. When I’m healthy and getting enough sleep I have amazing dreams. But how much was enough? How do I get that much?
The trick seems to be (for me) is using the concept of segmented sleep, as found in a lot of traditional societies. Sleep dysfunction is a relatively new phenomena: people in pre-industrial societies got up in the middle of the night (paywall, now, alas). A Roger Ekirch has done some work on this, and published a book called AT DAY’S CLOSE, about this segmented-sleep concept… I have to admit, I haven’t read the book, but got a review of the idea from the New York Times, and from the BBC.
In any case, I’ve been trying to bed down between 9:00 and 9:30 on weeknights. I wake about 3:00 from a good but vague dream which I’m able to recall in some detail and write down. Then I sleep again from 3:30 to 5:00 am. That’s 7.5 hours of sleep or so, which is a lot better than my old five hours. The dreams in the second sleeping session are clearer, more defined, sharper, more vivid and more easily recalled and written down. It seems to be a good system.