I practice a little tai-chi, and some sitting in the lotus morning and evening. I do a few stretches now to make sure I don't strain anything getting into the lotus, things like a ham-string stretch of both legs and the plow posture.
Took me quite a while to be able to sit the lotus without pain or numbness for 30-40 minutes. I always figured I had to be gentle and learn what I needed to know out of relaxation, find a way to let my breath speak to my needs, as it were.
I would think that something like tai-chi that moves might help, but just sitting on a chair is a good way to sort it out if you stay forward on the chair, the chair has four legs solidly on the floor, and you put the ball of one foot directly under the same-side sit-bone. I would not adopt any "body-posture challenge", as Wikipedia described it (in the section on proprioception), that produces the symptoms you mentioned.
I can't say, about whether there's been a change here for me.
I do wonder if there are more participants. There are a lot of new threads all the time, but I can't say for sure if that's any different.
I like the fact that people are talking about their practice, whatever it is, and that they are usually sincere. And I like that it's an equal playing field; I've always felt that if the learning is not a two-way street, there's not really anything happening.
I come here for fun, and I get drawn in sometimes; I guess that's why I still show up. That, and there are some folks who amaze me and who make me laugh!
What do you mean by the place "between waking and sleeping" ?
All the rest of what you say I find myself pretty much agreeing with,... though I'm not sure how you feel 'freedom' equates to 'not knowing', either.
Any further illumination on the ideas ?
Here's a better explanation of what I mean by "between waking and sleeping", which I made a few years back on Apech's thread about "The Myth of the Eight-Hour Sleep"; and in the ensuing discussion with humbleone:
With regard to freedom and "not knowing", that came from a thought I had about right knowledge and right freedom (the nineth and tenth parts of the ten-fold path of the adept in Buddhism), over on Brad Warner's "Hardcorezen" blog. There, my friend Andy offered up this:
“What an odd thing it is indeed to engage my body and mind, as my lungs gift precious air to my lips and mouth…”
to which I added:
"...and gift the relinquishment which is right knowledge and the loss that is right freedom to my eye sockets and bones."
In particular, I said: "Feels more like letting go of having to know, and a relaxed movement to me; nothing special."
Yes, it is exciting to talk with like-minded souls, but difficult to keep the focus on the necessity at the moment, without which there's no communication.
Impossible to discover the mutual necessity at the moment without experiencing that necessity personally in the relinquishment of volition and the corresponding induction of a state between waking and sleeping. Volition is relinquished through relaxation in the movement of breath. With regard to thought, that relaxation manifests as "deliverance from thought without grasping" (not my phrase), and the possibility of action without the exercise of volition which is a particular kind of freedom.