Back to the Body, After Meditation


I have been meditating regularly over the past 10 years. Of late I have a problem where once I finish my meditation sitting on a chair and get up I feel my feet and lower limbs detached from my body and hence am unable to control my movements for sometime. Also I lose the sense of direction a bit and find it tough to avoid objects such as overhanging tree branches in my path and invariably end up hitting against them. Please let me know how I can get over this. Thanks.

—Prashanth, Hong Kong


Dear Prashanth,

After meditating 10 years, you might have entered a new phase, where you are able to go deeper.

During meditation, your energy is withdrawn from the senses and your limbs. Therefore, after you end your meditation, don’t get up right away. Sit for 3-5 minutes or longer if needed. Take a few deep breaths and make sure that your consciousness is brought back to your body. Feel your body parts and make sure that your soul is fully back into your body. Only after that, get up and walk slowly. You can also drink water or tea, to make sure you are fully back.

Also, make sure that you are sitting in a comfortable steady position for meditation. Make sure your spine is erect and neutral; maintain the natural S shape of your spine as you sit. You can place a thinner pillow just under your buttocks, which will help you to maintain a neutral spine. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, with your knees slightly below your hips. Your feet should be flat on the floor. During meditation, your feet should not become num, because of lack of blood circulation. If this happens, adjust your position.

I hope these suggestions will help.


Nayaswami Diksha