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At some point in life I learned I could focus on some bodily awareness that resulted in the following experience:

  • Piloerectus; Not once, but it stays throughout the meditation while I keep on focusing.
  • A smile is slowly coming on my face (slowly as in it could take 20 seconds or so). It intensifies when I focus on that particular bodily feeling. It feels mechanically. When I take a picture of this I genuinely look happy.
  • Yawning; I cannot suppress this yawning when I focus on that particular bodily feeling. I yawn almost every minute intensely.
  • Energy swirls through my body. which can even make pains go away. Like pains from stress as facial muscle cramps or so.

This all can instantly go away when I have thoughts of doubt, fear, resentment or any other negative thought.

The smile and energy swirls I understand. Why piloerectus and yawning occur I do not. I am not feeling tired at all when the yawning happens. And when I stop to focus on this particular bodily feeling, the yawning stops. I do not yawn during a whole day, for instance. To me the yawning is a reproducible sign that indicates whether I am focused or not during meditation. But why does it happen?

In this pubmed article it is described that yawning is controlled by dopamine release (amongst other neurotransmitters).

I was wondering if there is something written about this yawning during meditation in the teachings of the Buddha.

  • any increase in salivary secretion? – Andrei Volkov May 11 at 16:56
  • No. No that I remember. Me eyes get significantly more wet though. – Mike de Klerk May 12 at 19:24
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"And when I stop to focus on this particular bodily feeling, the yawning stops." & "To me the yawning is a reproducible sign that indicates whether I am focused or not during meditation."

Great observation, try simply stay by the 1 in ways to do what ever that it stops, thinking "ugly, or "bad" or what ever. And if finding something similar, any "bad" habit, do the same, on and on. Try to be perfect in virtue, appearance, always sense controlled. And this "controlled the sense" is here the point.

It's that what the normal mind thinks as focused, actually is not, or with wrong attention, i.e. not pure but with added perceptions. But no need to ponder about that, just do of which keeps you by virtue, keeps you outwardly perfect.

Mudita

(Note: not given for trade, exchange, entertainment or stacks, but as a tiny door out of the wheel)*

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The sutta discourses in the EBT (early buddhist texts) don't say anything about yawning, that I've ever come across.

Just reading the word yawning in your post, caused me to yawn. And it's a common experience for people to induce yawning from seeing or hearing another person yawn. So maybe you just access that circuit directly with qigong, without needing external sensory activity to trigger it.

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