karunametta wrote:Not sure if information helps, but I feel as if this tension/pressure is getting in the way of allowing myself to fully relax into the breath and I'm starting to develop the slightest aversion to it that I think it's creating a hindrance. The aim of my practice is towards developing the first jhana.
Any advice? Sorry if this is too vague, I can happily be more specific. The pressure in my third eye is making it hard for me to write/think clearly...
maybe this is a tension you are just becoming aware of due to the tranquillity you have cultivated? maybe you need to relax this tension?
try a body sweeping technique to relax all the areas and this may help, but I have never experienced this sort of thing I could associate solely with the practice, so this is my best guess.
Hi karunametta & Cittasanto,
As I was reading through karunametta's post, I was thinking exactly what Cittasanto wrote
The same thing happened to me, by placing my focus on certain parts of the body I realized I had a lot of pain points in my body. After being conscious of those physical pains in meditation It felt like they were enhaced during the day (not pleasant). Try to make that an opportunity to practice Vedananupassana, focusing on how pain causes aversion.
Another suggestion, as Cittasanto mentioned, try to focus elsewhere on your body. If you want to stick to breathing as your object of meditation, try focusing on the belly movements instead of the nostrils area (Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw has many guides based on noting the belly movement). Or try Metta as a way of developing Samaddhi, because you focus away from your body, and because Metta can be very relaxing and compensate the discomfort you feel.