posted on Nov, 30 2010 @ 08:17 AM
Originally posted by buni11687
Theres a couple things that kind of hold me back from going into a deep mediation sometimes.
1 - Saliva. Yes, I sometimes have to swallow my spit before I start drooling while attempting meditation. I usually lay on my back, but I sometimes
sit in a chair or on the ground. No matter what position I am in, I sometimes have to swallow.
2 - Yawning. Even if Im not tired, I will still get the urge to yawn.
I was wondering if this is a common occurance? These things really distract me from attempting deep meditation.
I would still call myself a "beginner" at meditation so Im not sure if there are any tips/tricks to avoid the 2 problems above. Any advice on how to
edit on 30-11-2010 by buni11687 because: (no reason given)
Hey there ... yes it is quite common in the beginning stages of meditative practice.
Basically it's your conscious mind trying to maintain control. If you imagine that the conscious mind acts as a sentry on guard-duty or a bouncer on
the door ... then you see that it is it's purpose in your life to control what is allowed in and out of your realm of consciousness.
This is very important most of the time because if you didn't have this little guy on duty 24/7 then everything ... and I do mean everything that you
had ever experienced with all of your senses throughout your entire lifetime(s) would be jostling around in your head constantly ... that would not
only drive you mad ... it would literally kill you because of the overload pressure.
However, that can make it very difficult to give the conscious mind time off for good behaviour when you want to meditate.
The idea of meditation is (a) to switch off the mind-chatter (b) bypass the conscious mind - bouncer - and gain access to the deeper levels of
consciousness (sub-conscious and unconscious mind);
The best way to do this is basically bore the 'bouncer' (conscious mind) into submission and the easiest method is repetition ... and monotany ...
we do it all the time when we read our children a bedtime story and we inadvertantly use a more monotone voice ... this bores the childs conscious
mind until it begins to drift away and the child follows suit by going to sleep.
There are of course many forms of meditation and many methods to achieve them ... but this is the reason you are currently having problems ... just
play around with some different ideas eg; try imagining your mouth is really dry ... so much so that your tongue is sticking to the roof of your
mouth. Practice visualizing how that would really feel just for a few seconds. Now I understand that this is taking things to the opposite end of the
scale but once you can visualize different reactions and how they would really feel you will notice the problem subsides naturally. It's a bit like
the way your mouth automaticallly waters if someone mentions eating an orange ... or you smell citrus tang in the air ... it's all about reaction to
thoughts ... words ... and surroundngs.
Good luck and keep practicing. Woody