Restlessness in Meditation


During my meditation practice (seated observation of normal breath for 20 minutes/day) I become unable to sit for another moment about 7-12 minutes in. It's like I want to jump out of my own skim - it's new. I think it's just some strong emotion that I may not be ready for. So far I keep practicing without judging it and I will hopefully I'll get through it eventually. Any thoughts? Thanks!

—rex carlson, usa


Dear Rex,

Your dillemma is a common one, especially for beginners.

Most of us have to practice quite a bit to reach the ability to sit for long periods. Your solution seems to be a good one, and I am sure that you will eventually overcome.

A second thing that you might try is to be sure that you are keeping your eyes uplifted to the point just above the eyebrows: with closed eyes, lift your gaze as though you are looking out at a point about arm’s length away from the forehead.

This will take you above the conscious mind, with its plans and thoughts, and give you a feeling of peace.

Many blessings, and joy to you,
Nayaswami Sadhana Devi