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Meditation series :21 notes for Meditators: Answers for Questions you never asked!

Welcome to the new series and I hope and wish this journey is going to be rich and rewarding for both of us. I wish you love and awareness.

First effect of meditation is not really on mind but on body.  Once you start meditating, it is possible to experience body and joint pains.
Today let’s talk about it.

Every emotional pain you have experienced from birth carries a storage space inside your body and mind. It keeps on accumulating past experiences with new ones. Most of the unconscious living happens through this pain body. Anger, violence, rage, depression, hatred, grief, emotional drama are some of the characteristics of this pain body reflected in your life. Pain body feeds on unconsciousness and pain body lives within you and Consciousness is the anti-dote to pain body

As and when you start Meditating, you start healing process and you start healing your pain body. Once you make progress in meditation then parts of your body starts relaxing. Usually hands, legs and shoulders are the first one to relax, however back and pelvic region takes more time to relax. As and when body parts relax then part of the tension moves to other ones.

Basically your body is trying to tell you something.  For example if you are predominantly angry person then you carry lot of tension in shoulders and hands. If you are depressed chronically then your hip and back areas tend to be tighter. If you are fear oriented then pelvic and stomach tends to be in more tension.  If you are worry-round-the-clock person then you may even feel severe headaches

So as and when your meditation makes a progress, you will begin to experience Body-pain often and this may derail your awareness. Please note this as an opportunity and sign of progress. Your body demands attention and your unconscious dominating energy needs your awareness.

Your dominant unconscious energy manifests itself into pain and tension and you start feeling body aches.  Universe is helping you to pay attention and your Meditation progress is helped by body awareness.

You have to exercise your body often and regularly.  If you do not relax your body, you cannot go deep in to meditation. You can walk, swim or jog.  Idea is to involve in a physical activity so that you become aware of your body. Yoga can help you but not a must. Gardening, cooking, cleaning anything which you can do with awareness and joy will help. Make it a habit to meditate after physical activity. If not immediately, at least try and meditate within few hours of exercise.

Observe what part of body pains often after meditation. It can tell you something and you will figure it out yourself. That answer can open up energy channels so much that you will wonder where this energy was.

Note to understand and overcome body ache:

Here is a small technique to help you overcome your Body ache.
Sit in a quiet corner and Meditate about everything that bothers and hurts you. Take one issue at a time. It could be relationships, money,love, fear, depression parents, love, career ..anything.  When you contemplate on each of these issues, pay attention to your body and you will exactly locate pain and tension points.

It is that identified body part you have to relax and it is that unresolved issue you have to meditate on
There will be interconnection and you will figure out a solution while you meditate.

I welcome your experience and would love your comments and know that your own sharing can help fellow travelers.

Love…..Suresh Gundappa
Image Right belongs : art by John Dalton