There are eight kinds of little experience worlds you can get "stuck" in, which could be called "experience loop-wholes" because you go around and around in one of them thinking there is nothing else in the world for you.
Examine the table below to see 1) the brain/body location you are in while in a loop-whole, 2) the mudra (hand posture) to use to get INTO that loop-whole, and 3) an affirmation that typifies that loop-whole.
If your experience seems to be just a whirl and you are not used to thinking in this way, ask yourself, "which of these states have I been in most for the past 5-10-15 minutes?" And then do the mudra for the state you WANT to be in. You have to hold it until you feel it is working. Thinking the mantra at the same times helps to focus your intention and make the change.
|Loop-Whole Name||Brain/Body Location||Mudra to get INTO this Loop-Whole||Typical Affirmation for this Loop-Whole|
|FIRE, Being Up-Front||I've got to keep talking to others.|
|WIND, Being Back-and-Up||I've got to keep thinking, or talking to myself.|
|EARTH, Being Back-and-Down||I've got to keep sitting here.|
|WATER, Being Down-and-Forward||I've got to keep going and moving.|
|FOCUSED ON A SIGNIFICANT OTHER, Being aware Out In Front of Me||You matter to me, You are important.|
|FOCUSED ON MYSELF, Being aware Inside of Me||I am important, I am significant.|
|METAL, Having the Outsider's Viewpoint||I see and know what is really going on here.|
|THE ROTATING PLANET EARTH, Day after Day, It's the Same Thing||I am in the same "boat," or situation, as everybody else.|
When practicing in private meditation, use the whole mudra.
When practicing in an actual situation, use a slight hand gesture that approximates the mudra, say, just stick out the main finger of the mudra a little bit, or tilt the hand(s) toward the other or yourself, or relax them.
Inspiration for this method: Stuart Heller, 7th Dan: "Five Rings Operating System."