Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

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Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

Postby pilgrim » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:15 pm

I put in the question marks in the subject as I can't decide if I have a medical problem or a long term effect of heightened sensitivity after a meditation retreat. Its almost 3 weeks after the end of my Goenka retreat. At the retreat I had strong sensation on my arms and legs. but now, after 3 weeks, I still feel like I have sunburn or a cold feeling on my arms and legs. I just want to check if anyone else have experienced such a long term effect of increased skin sensitivity. I'm beginning to be a little concerned if I'm developing some medical problem. :thinking:

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Re: Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

Postby reflection » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:23 pm

We can't tell you if it is a medical problem, but a doctor can.

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Re: Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

Postby Aloka » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:29 pm

Hi pilgrim,

Its a good idea to get checked out by a doctor because it could be neurological and completely unrelated to the retreat.


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Re: Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

Postby Goofaholix » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:39 pm

If you practised correctly then it's possible that this sensation was always there but up until then your mind was blocking it out or not sensitive enough to pick it up.

It's pretty normally to feel a lot more tingling and/or itching throughout the body as a result of this practise, though what you've described sounds a bit different.

If it's too strong for you to cope with then maybe a visit to the doctor is in order, but I'd recommend making this sensation the object of your awareness, see what you can learn from it, see if it's changing, observe the minds reaction ie use it as an opportunity.
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Re: Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

Postby pilgrim » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:02 am

Yep, just completed a 3 day retreat day before yesterday. Again, my legs and hands are still tingling like they are sun-burnt, not uncomfortably so, just an odd feeling.

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Re: Hightened skin sensitivity after retreat??

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:53 am

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