Body and Brain
Flow of Consciousness
Different times of day can be useful for doing different things. Morning may be a good time for to take care of practical things that need to get done (some people report higher tolerance to boredom in the morning). The afternoon is the time of day when most people are physically strongest, making it a good time for exercise. Many people feel more extroverted and communicative at night, which may also make them desire more to think creatively.
The period of time, from when you go to bed to when you get out of it, has an undervalued role to play in thinking at your best. When you sleep, scientists believe, your brain is still at work, only at a different setting. It´s processing the information you took in during the day, getting rid of less important information and transferring important information into long-term memories. This means that sometimes going to bed early is better than staying up late to study the night before an exam.
A very special state is that which comes in between full sleep and full awakeness. At this time your mind is very open to making lots of new and different types of thoughts and connections it wouldn´t otherwise make. Your mind is not responded to sensory data or to direct, voluntary commands, so it´s free to act upon itself for it´s own purposes. This gives you a unique opportunity to observe the working of your unconscious mind. Many famous creators, such as the inventor Thomas Edison or some of the French Surrealist painters, looked forward to this time as it provided a wealth of opportunities for perceiving new, strange ideas and sensations that were somehow already present in their minds but not otherwise identifiable.
Such people have also used various types of meditation while awake to achieve the same goals. Maybe some of these techniques will be helpful to you.
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