...so I temporarily shelved my copy of "Mindfulness in Plain English"...
Legs Going To Sleep
It is very common for beginners to have their legs fall asleep or go numb during meditation. They are simply not accustomed to the cross-legged posture. Some people get very anxious about this. They feel they must get up and move around. A few are completely convinced that they will get gangrene from lack of circulation. Numbness in the leg is nothing to worry about. it is caused by nerve-pinch, not by lack of circulation. You can't damage the tissues of your legs by sitting. So relax. When your legs fall asleep in meditation, just mindfully observe the phenomenon. Examine what it feels like. It may be sort of uncomfortable, but it is not painful unless you tense up. Just stay calm and watch it. It does not matter if your legs go numb and stay that way for the whole period. After you have meditated for some time, that numbness gradually will disappear. Your body simply adjusts to daily practice. Then you can sit for very long sessions with no numbness whatever.
Beneath the Wheel wrote:I'm just assuming this attention gets easier as time goes on, but I really wasn't prepared for how strongly I'd have to struggle with my attention-craving mind.
Beneath the Wheel wrote:Well, I just wanted to share that. Anyone have any advice for my poor legs? I'm really looking forward to next week.
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