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Difficulties during meditation?

1) i start meditation abt 8mths back but it was visual based. More on visualizing the colours of the chakra while repeating the sounds. Abt 2months back i started doing a forgiveness and love exercise and noticed that each time my chest would hurt during it (never after or before). I figured i need to practice on my forgiveness..Any insight?
2) Recently, i started the breathing meditation (vipassana) , n i’ve been able to completely make my mind silent (for a secs) but during it somehow i start getting nauseated. The 1st time i panicked n felt suffocated. Any insight?

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  • Depending on exactly how you do the meditation it is possible to cause problems rather than cure them. Meditation done well lets in the white light of divine love into your heart. This love and light makes you happy and healthy, etc. Meditation done badly can actually block the light and make you unhappy and cause health problems etc.

    If you want to contact me with more details I can help you better, but here is what I have to say from what you have written.

    1) Forgiveness and love – These are concepts that come out of the christian tradition. They are closely related to the christian concept of God as forgiver – It is not very effective if taken out of context and trying to forgive without God’s help.

    I would suggest you either go for the christian approach of first asking forgiveness from God before forgiving others, or the more buddhist approach of focusing purely on love.

    The classic buddhist meditation on this subject goes like this: first think of someone you love dearly and feel that love. Then think of someone you don’t know very well, and try to feel that love for them too. Thirdly try to love yourself. And fourthly choose someone that you are in conflict with, don’t like or are angry with and feel that same love for them.

    2) Vipassana is often confused as being about an attempt to still the mind. Actually the master of vipassana does not have a completely still mind – they transcend the mind so that they are at peace whether their mind is active or not. Of course that eventually means that the mind is a lot more still than in an ordinary person, but the attempt to still the mind actually ties you in knots. The mind is not supposed to be still it is made to focus on things. Only by becoming more and more aware can you truly still the mind. Stop trying to still the mind – just watch and see what happens like a movie – enjoy the show.

  • 1) I had the same experience with my third eye chakra, suddenly it just felt uncomfortable when I was focusing there. I found out later this is just means it is opening. Same might be happening with you.
    Get used to it, you’re on a different path now 😉

    2) that’s cool that you can totally still your mind. It might be a freak occurence that you get nauseous.
    I wouldn’t worry about it unless you start to physically throw up or something. Then I would stop my practice and get guidance from a teacher.

  • I meditate.I observe the breath and us the mantra “hong sau” Breathe in and out through your nose as you inhale think hong, as you exhale thing sau ,keep repeating it everytime you inhale and exhale.Let the breathe flow naturally dont control it.As you breathe through your nose concentate at the point inbetween the eye brows at the top of your nose.Imagine the breath going into your head.Just stay completely still and let it happen.Every time you want to open your eyes and do somthing say no and go back to the mantra and observe the breathe.

    I know meditation can be difficullt but dont breathe in heavy let your breathe flow natural just as it would if you werent meditating.Do this for 20 mins if you can if not 15 is ok.At some point you will feel your body shake dont worry its just the flow of energy circulating your body

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