...gross sensation (just like pressure) around the head (mine were headaches that wouldn't go away). This sensation always makes me feel dull, unfocused, unsharp and is related to my decreased memory power.
Ben wrote:Firstly, I second Chris & Hoo's recommendation regarding consulting your doctor - if you haven't already done this.
Secondly, contact your local assistant teacher.
Hoo wrote:Hi SamKR,
My suggestion is probably as unexpected as one can get. Your reference to medical "stress" may be accurate, and worth checking out with a trip to your doctor for an evaluation of its cause. There could be lots of different medical reasons that cause your symptoms. Most are easy to figure otut and treat. But some can be quite serious. Mine turned out to be a brain tumor, and the swelling/pressure it created caused some symptoms similar to what you described.
Ben wrote:Hi SamKR
Firstly, I second Chris & Hoo's recommendation regarding consulting your doctor - if you haven't already done this.
Secondly, contact your local assistant teacher. If you don't know who your local assistant teacher is, you can find out from your local course centre or consult the worldwide contact list. If you can't access a copy, contact me by pm. Your local assistant teacher or area teacher will be able to give you authoritative advice with regards to your meditation practice at taught within this tradition. I cannot recommend this enough.
Returning to instructions you were give, you will recall Goenkaji mentioning several times during the last few days of the course that at different times you will move through different situations. Experiencing gross and blank sensations, experiencing a combination of gross and subtle sensations, and experiencing uniform subtle sensations. He says that you should sweep where sweeping is possible and then go back and review those parts of the body where sweeping is not possible. He also mentions that some people have the experience of observing subtle and uniform sensations in areas where gross sensations are present. There's nothing wrong with that. Just observe and stay equanimous regardless of any sensation you experience. The objective is not to experience subtle sensation but to develop one's awareness of, and equanimity to, whatever you experience.
Feel free to contact me by pm if you have any further questions.
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