posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 02:23 PM
Yeah I think it's pretty normal for meditators to experience these things - especially when starting. The body and mind don't like to "sit" for
extended periods of time where the focus is away from thought and more on letting the sitting happen - simply paying attention without having to
analyze anything or create internal dialog about it. I think this makes us surprised when we slow down enough to suddenly notice all the sensations
and feeling we might not have been aware of before starting a session.
It's like you're an ocean and all the "stuff" (external and internal "things" including internal thought) floats around you. The longer you
focus on a space between you and the "stuff" the stronger these sensations may become, in my experience, sometimes teaching you how to make that
space "bubble" to stay with you for longer periods of time before the "stuff", which has it's own inertia, starts over again.
There are periods of this, having sensations, and periods of going "hard" where these sensations will diminish or totally stop for some time
(months, days, even years) - like plateaus (I doubt there is an end to that really). After all, I don't think the goal is being enamored with such
sensations while meditating - that's just mind occupation with the "feelings" and it defeats the purpose of not analyzing and create space (like
you say - it vanishes when you focus on the sensations themselves). It pops the space bubble, in other words.
I don't believe sitting with your eyes closed is paramount to achieving anything through meditation - but I do think physically sitting is a good
place to start before you attempt any form of standing or walking meditation.
The technique doesn't really matter, I think, in most cases unless the technique is activating excessive thought or mind occupation - this should be
Personally I used to focus on breathe but found it increasingly difficult to focus only on breath (lot of "space" gaps for me using breath). I've
been experimenting with holding a simple, static image in place (like a single candle flame) - it works for me and helps establish a clear space
faster and stronger.
People ask my why I meditate and I just tell them it's like taking out your "trash" every week - except it's a daily thing. It creates space
between "stuff" and "thought". It refreshing, sobering, boosting creativity and critical thinking ability (in my experience) and literally feels
like taking a weight off that I might not have noticed I was carrying before.
I could talk a lot about it lol