Status : I've only seriously started to try to LD again late November, so about a month now. I used to have lots of DILDs, but that was about a decade ago and I did not know that's what they were.
Anyway, my first obstacle to getting back into LDs was dream recall. I could not remember my dreams at all, so I tried dream recall meditations and of course dream journaling. My DR got better, then it got worse again, I'm still testing out how to improve it. Right now, my dream recall is getting better again, I at least remembered one or two dreams the last few days. What I found interesting: I meditate every night before going to sleep, often guided meditations. I did one where the narrator talks you through imagining yourself floating up and looking down at the city – and I suddenly remembered in vivid detail the dreams I used to have as a child of around seven or eight. I'd all but forgotten, but I used to dream of flying a LOT! It was like a floodgate opening, it all came back in a rush and it felt like I was actually re-entering the dreams. (Maybe I DID fall asleep during the meditation?) I remember now: I thought of flying as swimming through the air, so in my dreams, I also moved in the air like I was swimming. The difficult thing was to actually get off the ground and shake off gravity, and for the first meters, it was difficult to not get pulled down. But then it got easier and easier, and I flew up so high that I could look down at our house, then the whole street, then the whole city. The funny thing is that I had the urge to dream of this house for a while now, even though we moved out of it when I was nine. I've tried picturing its rooms and the garden while falling asleep, but so far, I never managed to actually dream of it. Maybe the fact that I had such vivid dreams while I lived there explains the urge to visit it in a LD.