Strange Sensation During Breathing Meditation

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Strange Sensation During Breathing Meditation

Postby Randolph1809 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:21 pm

Hello everyone,

I started doing breathing meditation earlier, after not meditating for months. Near the end of my meditation, I had a really strange sensation where my face and jaw started tingling.

After I got up I was really light headed and kind of wobbly. Is this normal sometimes, or was I not breathing properly? (I was trying to let the breath come naturally)

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Strange Sensation During Breathing Meditation

Postby Kenshou » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:06 pm

Tingly feelings aren't all that unusual. And I'd bet that perhaps you just stood up too quickly, however I believe that a slight meditation-induced vertigo isn't completely unheard of. You're probably doing just fine.
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Re: Strange Sensation During Breathing Meditation

Postby Randolph1809 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:51 pm

Kenshou wrote:Tingly feelings aren't all that unusual. And I'd bet that perhaps you just stood up too quickly, however I believe that a slight meditation-induced vertigo isn't completely unheard of. You're probably doing just fine.


Thanks, that makes me feel a lot better. Tonight, when I go again I'll just go with the flow.
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Re: Strange Sensation During Breathing Meditation

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:05 pm

Tingling feelings are pretty normal. Actually you are tingling all over your body all the time but your mind is not subtle enough to notice it, meditation will enable you to develop that subtlety.

However your wobbilness could have been caused by your breathing to hard or too deeply, if so just relax and breath normally, or as mentioned before maybe you stood up too quickly.
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"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Strange Sensation During Breathing Meditation

Postby Randolph1809 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:01 am

Goofaholix wrote:Tingling feelings are pretty normal. Actually you are tingling all over your body all the time but your mind is not subtle enough to notice it, meditation will enable you to develop that subtlety.

However your wobbilness could have been caused by your breathing to hard or too deeply, if so just relax and breath normally, or as mentioned before maybe you stood up too quickly.


That's interesting about the tingling. Actually, I did stand up really fast , I guess I won't be doing that again.
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