So I've been meditating faithfully every day for about a week (whereas before I was doing it roughly once a week, and then before then, once a month probably... though in high school I was meditating [nonreligious] every day). With that being said, I just meditated for about 20 minutes (which is no major feat), and I experienced something I never really experienced before.
I'm going to do my absolute best to describe it -- I suppose I just want to figure out what I'm experiencing, and if anyone else has felt the same. Or if anything I'm feeling corresponds to the jhanas or I'm just a nut and doing the whole thing wrong, haha...
When following my breath, my breathing became really shallow, almost nonexistent, and I began to feel like I was going deep "into" my self. Everything got dark (my eyes were closed, but things looked darker than normal). I became super-aware of my entire body (in its entirety, not parts specifically), like I was perceiving my entire body all at once. I felt a little dizzy, like the room was almost spinning -- but not in a bad too-drunk sort of way. I would liken it to feeling like I was in space -- I know that sounds weird. It was very intense.
There was no thought occurring, other than me noting "this is an unusual and amazing feeling." I was smiling and super "happy", but not sense-pleasures happy, more like the way Buddha describes feeling "blissful" or "joyous" -- happiness without relating to sense-pleasures.
Also, normally when I meditate, I experience pain along my spine (because I have poor posture, being a lazy student), and my right foot falls asleep and then I oftentimes have to stand up because of the painful pins-and-needles that follow. But that didn't happen -- my body felt at ease, no pain or discomfort whatsoever. It felt natural.
Eventually, the feelings became less intense and I began to feel "at home" with the feeling. Eventually my meditation alarm clock went off and I opened my eyes, and took a deep breath. I felt very refreshed.
Any input, anyone? Or am I