I am experiencing a subtle feeling in my spine, when I’m meditating. Is this the life force? Now, my meditations aren’t so deep, yet I feel very blessed by hearing the sound of Aum in my right ear all the time. But, I am fully aware that I am in need for more guidance. I really want to meditate more, but I procrastinate; how can I infuse more discipline in my days? I’m gentle with myself, but sometimes it is a struggle. It feels like I’m taking one step forward and two back.Kind regards.
That subtle feeling of energy in the spine that you are experiencing is indeed the life force. As we meditate more deeply, the life force withdraws from the body and senses and into the astral spine. It begins as a pleasant sensation of energy, and then more and more as divine bliss. The fact that you are also “feeling very blessed” by hearing the sound of AUM indicates that you are developing some depth in meditation!
Last month, I suddenly experienced a low humming sound in my right ear, I checked the tone on my piano, and it’s a low C, one octave below the central C. It’s been with me since. I presume this is normal? Lately I experience a tingly feeling almost everywhere in my body. The feeling is the strongest when I meditate, but even when I am doing normal tasks it is there. The feeling is the strongest in my hands, and can be distracting when I meditate. What is this? Kind regards, Wilma.
I find myself trying to place my attention on different areas where the breath flows (i.e. nostrils, root of the nose, spiritual eye) during the Hong Sau Technique. This leads me to restlessness as I find my attention moving from one place to another. When I do focus on one physical area, however, I find it more difficult to watch the breath so I often end up identifying with it for a whole meditation. Can you offer some advice please? : )
In Hong-Sau, choose one place to focus on the breath (the place where you most easily feel the breath passing), and stay with it until you feel your breath most easily at a different, higher location. Keep moving higher in the nose in this way, ideally never lower (although that can happen if, for example, something external disrupts your meditation). At some point, you'll find yourself focusing on the breath as it passes through the bridge of the nose, or even inside the nasal cavity; that’s a good place to stay.
Please share a personal experience of mindfulness in meditation and how it has helped the community at large. It would greatly motivate me in my practice.
I am grateful for having had nearly a lifetime of meditation practice, so recalling a single incident isn’t so much difficult as simply overwhelming. But first, let me say that for me mindfulness has two aspects: one, the more common one, is that of "watching one’s thoughts" or being, at least, self-aware. For many meditators, having this happen for parts or most of a sitting is a victory and constitutes a "good" meditation.
I have often read that it is important to have one-pointed contact while you mediate or pray. I often include many realized saints and different forms of God in my prayers. Try as I might, I am unable to decipher that one form of God or Guru with whom I can establish an everlasting personal contact in my prayers. This makes me restless. I feel like some confused soul always vacillating between choices, be it God or anything. Will it affect my prayers? How do I learn to read my heart?
Concentration is extremely important during meditation but can be very difficult at times. On our path to God, we keep our focus at the spiritual eye. Yogananda has stated there is no difference between any master and any master because they are “one” with the Father. It is to say, don’t worry about the form. The logical, rational analytical mind can play many tricks when one wants to meditate on God.
I really love to meditate, but I have no guideline of doing it. And is marijuana good while doing meditation? I want to clear my vision and improve my concentration, what will be the process?
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I smoke heavily...Is it harmful to meditation? How do I give up? I tried, tried and tried? Thank you.
Nicotine is harmful to your spiritual practices, in part because it diminishes one of your most important faculties: Willpower. Nicotine is a depressant, so it has a calming influence, but the yogi needs to learn to become and stay calm through conscious inner processes, not external influences. Nicotine is also a stimulant, but the yogi needs to learn to raise his or her energy level, again, through conscious inner processes, not external influences.
Hi, Is there a specific time to meditate? Also do clothes matter in meditation? Like can a person meditate wearing boots and jacket due to coldness? So how can a person meditate in a cold room especially during a cold season?
The time to meditate is when you can do it regularly.
Recommended are dawn (just after awakening), twilight, high noon, and midnight. Another time is in the evening, just before bedtime. It’s also easier to meditate on an empty stomach 2 – 3 hours after meals. So set aside the same time or times each day for your meditation.