Face is twisting

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libraryman
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Face is twisting

Postby libraryman » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:43 pm

Hi,
I have a question regarding my meditation. Since more than 3 years, after my first vipassana (Goenka) retreat, I have the feeling that my face is moving, twisting. Sometime if I feel more relax, all my upper body is twisting. Does anyone have an idea of what is it?
Thanks for any advices
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Re: Face is twisting

Postby bodom » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:41 pm

From Bhante G:

Problem 3
Odd Sensations


People experience all manner of varied phenomena in meditation. Some people get itches. Others feel tingling, deep relaxation, a feeling of lightness or a floating sensation. You may feel yourself growing or shrinking or rising up in the air. Beginners often get quite excited over such sensations. As relaxation sets in, the nervous system simply begins to pass sensory signals more efficiently. Large amounts of previously blocked sensory data can pour through, giving rise to all manner of unique sensations. It does not signify anything in particular. It is just sensation. So simply employ the normal technique. Watch it come up and watch it pass away. Don't get involved.


http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe10.html

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Face is twisting

Postby kilanta » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:14 am

libraryman wrote:Hi,
I have a question regarding my meditation. Since more than 3 years, after my first vipassana (Goenka) retreat, I have the feeling that my face is moving, twisting. Sometime if I feel more relax, all my upper body is twisting. Does anyone have an idea of what is it?
Thanks for any advices
Libraryman


Besides just being a hallucination you should not follow but just let it be, facial twisting feeling might be an indication of teeth-grinding at night. By talking to a few meditators who also grind their teeth while asleep, I've come to understand that certain twisting, tingling and cramping feelings on the face aren't just hallucinations but your facial and jaw muscles actually relaxing or contracting. I've been told a few times that my jaw is visibly clenched on the other side while being extremely relaxed on the other while meditation, producing a kind of semi-paralysis impression for a bystander. I don't notice this myself as a pain, just a twisting feeling on my face. The looks aren't everything, but obviously an unconscious clenching of ones jaw is not a good thing either.

In case you do suffer from bruxism, meditation probably helps, but consulting a dentist might be a good idea. In my case a dental splint has made things much easier.

libraryman
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Re: Face is twisting

Postby libraryman » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:09 pm

Thanks both of you for your answer. It's not painfull at all. It's only strange sensation. I will observe it and let it go!
Also, I don't think it's teeth-grinding, I ask around me and my dentist never talked to me about this, but when i sleep i'm talking a lot and sometime shouting. :smile:
Thanks again
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