Questions tagged [meditation-body]

Questions regarding meditation and its interaction with the body. This can be during formal body awareness type practice or the effects of other forms of practice on the body.

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In visualisation meditations, I don’t know “where” to look

When I first started meditating, the body scan phase confused me. For a long time, I imagined the shape of a body in front of me in the distance, and scanned down through it. More recently I’ve ...
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Questions about reacting to bodily sensations

I'm currently reading The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation and it says to observe sensations in the body without reacting. What would be an example of a reaction that one might have? When I feel ...
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I need to know the names of the angels and their actions in Buddhism

I have a research and I need to know all the names of angels in different religions and their actions, and since I am an Arab, my sources are not enough and I need the names of the angels in Buddhism
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Mindfulness improves academic performance?

I have just started a PhD in Mathematics. Can serious mindfulness practice (i.e. vipassana meditation at least 2 hours a day) help improve academic performance? If so, can you attach any reliable ...
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Major differences between breath meditation and body scan meditation?

I have done several Vipassana retreats in the past. Some questions came up to me several times without being able to answer them. What are the major differences between mindfulness of the body (e.g. ...
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How I can purify my physical body?

I don't like the shape of my body. My skin is poor. I lack physical stamina and strength. I feel hungry but I don't eat. I just don't like myself. How can I purify my body so that I feel good in it? ...
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Phsyical, emotional, mental, what is next?

I think I am pretty well aware that the physical body is influenced by emotions (blushing is an example, or a nervous feeling in the abdoment due to axienty). I think I am also pretty well aware the ...
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What did Buddha taught about space time?

It echoes in my mind that space time is not fundamental. I thought I read this in some psychics experiments, saw it in YouTube videos and/or read it in a book related to Buddhism. But I far from ...
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What is known/taught about yawning during meditation?

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 ...
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Kayagatasati Sutta

In the above sutta the Buddha said that one knows every step one is untertaking. Whether it's walking, sitting, standing, lying down, bending etc. Does this imply simply awareness of body sensations (...
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Danger of Body Scan Meditation

Once, one of my teachers, a Buddhist practitioner, advised against body scan meditation saying that it can cause psychosis and the surfacing of problematic contents. I have subscribed to this advice ...
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Severe sensations in throat during Vipassana

I have had very strong sensations in my throat since I started practicing Vipassana 2 years back. They keep changing shapes and sharpness - they started like a picket fence and now are like hard ...
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Dhamma by pictures, teaching with sgins, gestures and emos, a usual?

In relation to a question lately ask in regard of usuals in practicing body gestures (ones appearing) as a part of training as well as a certain voidnes of such gestures on internet as support and ...
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During body-scan ('sweeping') meditation, what does brain-imaging (e.g. fMRI) look like?

I do not know how extensively body scans have been studied with brain-imaging techniques, e.g. fMRI. Body scan is a meditation technique developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It was derived from a meditation ...
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Conscious Attention for Inner transformation during daily activities

The life current is extremely strong, if I consciously bring my attention to a single breath, a single movement of my abdomen, a single moment of my weight or sensation of my sitting bones during ...
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What to expect from meditation?

First - this is a question directed towards advanced practitioners of mindfulness or similar meditation. I have been meditating and practicing other transformational work for about 17 years. ...
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Exercise for meditation sitting

I couldn't find this exact question asked before. What kind of exercise is recommended for better physical comfort and "endurance"/"stamina" when sitting in meditation; apart from the sitting itself?...
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Eyes in Meditation Practice

Could someone please clarify for me what to do with the eyes? I have heard that we should keep our eyelids half open, but could someone describe it in detail (or refer me to someone else who does)? ...
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What is the name in Pāli and Sanskrit for the ‘body scanning’ meditation technique?

I would like to research this method in historical texts, but any search on google for ‘body scan’ only returns results related to the modern vipassana movement.
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Diagnose: Samatha practice led to an urge to contract PC muscle, and pleasant vibrations resulted

During the last part of a concentration exercise (focusing eyes on a point between eyebrows) I felt a need to contract my Pubococcygeus muscle. During contraction I was feeling some vibration in my ...
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How to scan your body in 3d?

In S. N. Goyenka Vipassana meditation you have to scan your body from head to foot and foot to head. Now I take my attention or [ध्यान dhyaan] at top point of my head, so it’s a 2d point now I move ...
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Why focus below your bellybutton in meditation?

My roshi tells me to focus here. Before practicing, I spent most of my waking hours thinking, analyzing, living in my head. With practice, it has gotten easier to think when thought has a purpose, and ...
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Automatic body scanning? What is happening here?

This has happened to me a few times on Goenka retreats. When I have been practicing mindfulness of breath and body scanning for a while, near day 7 or so my attention will be moving quite quickly, ...
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During insight meditation, what does the meditator note in-between the rising and falling of the abdomen?

I practice insight meditation (Theravada tradition), noting the rising and falling of the abdomen. It was suggested that one should make a mental note once per second, neither too frequently, nor too ...
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Why are some bodily fluids missing from the "Thirty Two Parts of the Body" teaching?

"There are in this body head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, intestinal tract, stomach, feces, bile, ...
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Being "Present" with the help of body sensations then how to proceed?

** Practice Mindfulness of Body ** I'm trying to being present with the help of body sensations. As I'm a beginner . I place my hand over my chest to feel that I'm live and presence. This is to ...
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Directing attention on body parts

In daily life I'm trying to sense my body by directing my attention to a body part ( e.g lips , throat ) while still engaging with activities . I know when I feel a sensation on that body part my ...
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meditation on the heartbeat

Usually we use an anchor in meditation, the breathing being the most common. Sometimes when I focus on that I feel my heartbeat taking my attention, so I thought about using that as an anchor, does ...
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How is body language linked with meditation success?

Body language (smiling) seems to be linked to meditation success as per Bhante Vimalaramsi: smiling is an important aspect for the meditation. Learning to smile with mind and raising slightly the ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on body language?

Some explain that body language affects qualities like leadership, command, personality etc.: Your body language shapes who you are What is the Buddhist perspective on body language? Does body ...
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Taking care of perineum

How can one take care of the perineum Does anyone have any knowledge about this part of the body being affected by excessive sitting in meditation. I have had medical help, removal of cysts, ...
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Is there a specific range of meditation styles that could help with extreme clumsiness and disconnected mind-body?

I have always been very clumsy, specifically,i am not aware, if that's a correct term,o f where my body is located or how its moving, leading to accidents, over-use of force, hitting things ...
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What are the physiological effects of mindfulness based meditation?

I was meditating on the breath recently and I noticed that my breath slowed to a significant extent (not a huge insight admittedly). So this made me wonder if anyone has measured the effects of ...