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Questions tagged [meditation-effects]

Questions concerning mental and bodily effects arising from meditation practice. These could be effects extensively documented in canonical texts such as rapture or bliss. However they could fall outside of this or be a particular and idiosyncratic effect experienced by the questioner.

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Confusion Over Intense Experience During Meditation

Today, I sat for a 30-minute meditation session, and towards the end of the 30- minutes (since I heard the timer bell ring a few minutes after the start of the experience), I started to feel an ...
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Is there a 'dead zone' in meditation effort?

Is there a 'dead zone' in meditation and the effort applied? So to explain Going from no meditation at all to meditating even a bit (10 mins every few days) - benefits felt quickly Going up to ...
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Do meditation or chanting make one less agitated?

Understand that meditation helps to calm one's mind and does it also helps one get less agitated and less affected towards the unnecessary? What about chanting? Does it also have the same effect? If ...
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Meditation, sleep paralysis, spinal vibration

I have meditated off and on since childhood, before I knew what it was, and since my 30s I have been interested in the spiritual concepts of Buddhism. I had an experience in 2010 wherein I awoke from ...
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Conscious death and afterlife meditation

Lets keep the rebirth concepts aside for a moment. Is there a way we can die consciously? (i.e.) Being aware of our death. And can we still meditate after death without a human body? If yes, then in ...
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I had peace initially while meditating and then lost it?

I set up a routine to do my meditation where i just watch my thoughts. After some days i found a peace after meditating which continued through out my day. I enjoyed the calmness inside me. Following ...
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Infinite loops of Rebirths

I have a question. A man should attain enlightenment to liberate himself from cycle of rebirths and every other aspects. What if a MAN don't even care to try out to attain enlightenment. Will he be ...
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Why do I have swaying/floating feeling after completing 10 day Vipassana course?

These sensations and a feeling that my whole body is swaying/floating started on the 7th day of the course. On the 8th day I had quite a surreal experience during one of the group sittings. My eyes ...
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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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Sleep, rest and meditation?

I’m wondering what your meditation practice’s effects are on your sleep. I’m asking this because I have a strange tendency, habit of waking up with very troubled thoughts and memories of past ...
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Prayer vs Meditation

When we have a powerful practice called Meditation, why prayer? Does the prayer deals with the worldly things, because everyone pray to god like I want a car or I wanna be rich. Is that only deals ...
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When a man life becomes complete

Everyone was on a run for their life doing something they don't like. Also there may be no sense of satisfaction in their life. So I am thinking, what makes a man's life complete? Does the worldly ...
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How does Enlightenment feel like

Finally everyone who meditate comes to a single point "Enlightenment". So anybody have any idea about how the enlightenment feels like. How it helps a man. How their mind works and reacts to the ...
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Literature on ending Samsara on micro scale

I believe in patterns, and patterns of patterns, where scale is of secondary importance. Much like a fractal. The formula is more fundamental then the form. From there on, I believe that the mind will ...
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What is arupa jhana (5th jhana)?

When meditation experience mind without body loss sensation about the environment where I am and feel like mind is in the sky by hearing voice of birds.is it a jhana?
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Meditation's Effect on Strong Attachment

I have a straightforwards question: does meditation decrease attachments -- e.g. to alcohol or social media -- by increasing willpower, or by other mechanisms? I would think shamatha increases ...
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Object-based Meditation Versus Objectless Meditation

I notice I have practised meditation in a very biased way, in the sense that I contemplate my experience in a neither focused, neither supported way. Here, by support, I mean a contemplation supported ...
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How can we know that we experience sensations as a series of discrete sensations?

I'm currently reading the book "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha" by Daniel Ingram, and he insists over and over that the continuity of sensations is an illusion, and that sensations ...
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How many levels of enlightenment are there?

I have experienced enlightenment multiple times. I have found many religions have a similar way of describing it, though they can differ about how many experiences occur and if they are sudden or ...
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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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feel 'me' inside what should i do for the next step

I have two times experience where first time i am doing my sitting meditation. I was so calm i feel like i was 'trap inside the body(don't know how to explain)' i can feel that i was deep 'inside ...
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Benefits of Vipassana Meditation

I've decided to do I'm thinking if meditation would help me to concentrate my study(academic). Also would it help me to feel Buddha and Dhamma? Will my memory sharp? Currently I feel little bit ...
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My short story with anxiety problems - could meditation be the cause?

My background is that my father was/is an alcoholic and I had pretty rough childhood. I recently turned 33. I always was pretty self aware. I have a good job. I’m easy going open person, have a bunch ...
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Can Buddhism help me find my passion?

I have been trying to find my passion for last many years, to be honest I do not even know how should I try to find my passion. Though I have been practicing meditation for last couple of years (not ...
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Meditation or practicing technique has benefits of prenatal elaboration?

I had heard in the yoga class there's something like prenatal elaboration and it's benefits. Then if a pregnant woman will practice meditation or techniques so baby will born wise, calm, intelligent, ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

I have been doing mantra meditation for years and saying "Aum" for a few minutes makes me go deeper in meditation within like 10 minutes. But focus on the breath is difficult compared to the mantras. ...
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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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The odd phenomenon of cycle of emotions

it is a well-observed fact that that the cycle of emotions never cease to exist, but they do follow a defined route which I shall refer to in this question as the SFE route namely: A sensation-----...
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Feeling intense sensations in my forehead and also my head and body is shaking a lot during meditation

While doing meditation, I am feeling intense sensations on my forehead and after sometime my whole will start shaking and my hands become rigid. Why are these things happening?Whether i am doing the ...
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Retaining courage during mediation

Everyone in this little community is awesome, and the people contributing have helped me in the path tremendously. Thank you. My question is this, how can a person remain calm and courageous during ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

("Recondite-subject majoring" is meant to mean the more challenging subjects, such as electrical engineering or a doctorate based major.) If a student who has one hour to meditate, every day, and one ...
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What are the broad categories of the different types of meditation?

I have heard that there is insight meditation (mostly as part of practicing Buddhism) and Samantha (which involves Buddhism, but really just as a tool in the beginning of a meditation). This question ...
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What is the best meditation practice to fall asleep?

I want to know if exist some practice to meditate when I am ready to sleep, in order to train while I am dreaming.
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Awake mind after meditation

Recently I have started meditating on my own, by observing my breath and rise and fall of abdomen. Half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the night before going to sleep. Sometimes sleep ...
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Are there meditation practices that improve logical problem solving skills?

I meditate daily, for around 30 minutes or so, I have been on and off for the last few yew years. I only ever do a simple breathing meditation and I find it tends to make my mind smoother and more ...
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Are the formless jhanas without any consciouness of form at all?

I don't understand the formless jhanas. Does this meditator completely lose consciousness of form, or are they meditating on something formless and, apart from that, as before? I've read the ...
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I am hearing buzzing, humming sound in silence. Is this problem with my ear or its progress in meditation?

I was practice Breath Meditation then OM Chanting Meditation from year. and finally leave these both because its not suite for me. Then I start Sound Meditation where I try to listen sound of my heart ...
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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?

I have planed my life and want to stick to it . But the problem is My self control . For example I tend to waste a lot of my time in youtube watching documentaries . You know it starts like I 'am ...
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Does loving kindness meditation help beings other than the practitioner?

For an example when the practitioner wants every being to become free from sorrow, does it actually create a difference? At least when the practitioner concentrates on someone close to himself/herself....
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Should we “ignore” feelings while being mindful and aware of the present moment?

When I am not judging any moments of life and taking it all in, should I give importance to feeling anything at all? I tend to get very rational and "accepting" about things. A feeling of letting go ...
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What is meditation and are we dulling the mind through what is considered formal meditation?

I ask this with a healthy skepticism. What is meditation? Is it the style that is put forth in the texts or traditions, like Tibetan or Indian or whatever tradition? For example, sit down and ...
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Any cure for blurred vision after sitting with eyes half-open?

I get slightly blurred vision after a long sit during which I have my eyes half-closed (as in Zazen style). It can last for more than an hour and is a practical drag, and also creates a slightly woozy ...
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How to cultivate sexual energy with Meditation?

How a person can cultivate his own sexual energy to creative one with the help of Meditation? can we handle Sexual energy when it arises with breathing technique or Meditation?
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Is attachment to the word “Meditation” a problem?

I like to Meditate, I like to read about Meditation, I like to think about Meditation; but the word ... "MEDITATION.. MEDITATION.." ... is always in my mind, I am attached to it. How can I avoid ...
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What is the goal of Meditation- is it increasing the gap?

When I sit for meditation, sometimes I realize my breath has stopped and thoughts are subtle, for but a very minimum amount of time, but that time I feel totally in a present moment, in a moment. It ...
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Why is my head going all Poltergeist on me

Lately when sitting, my head will abruptly turn at weird angles very suddenly. I'm not always able to catch it to stop it before it happens; sometimes the movements are really bizarre ( my head moving ...
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My thinking mind as subject of my meditation stops my thinking

Just recently I changed my subject of meditation: I try to "watch" my mind while it is thinking. This nearly instantaneously makes my mind calm. It kind of stops my thinking. And this feels great. It'...
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Is there awareness of impermanence during the formless meditations

Is there awareness of impermanence during the formless meditations?
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What happens to my body when I breathe out?

It is suggested, that one concentrates on the breath while meditating. It is also suggested that one breathes out and remains in this state for a moment, to feel the emptiness. What happens to my body ...
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Why does my mind feel slow to think nearly half day after my meditation?

I would like to know if I should expect any problems after I have done my meditation in the morning for a half hour? For the whole morning afterwards, my mind felt very slow to think of anything. Is ...