Frequently Asked Meditation Questions

First, it is common to experience back pain when you initially sit in an upright, posture without back support. This is because of chronic tension along the spine, spinal misalignment, and weak spinal muscles. My suggestion is to sit forward in an unsupported posture for a minute or two and then move back in your seat against the seat back for the remainder of your energiemanagement time. Gradually expand the time that you sit forward without back support.

If, because of physical limitations, it is not possible for you to sit up, you can meditate with back support or lying down.

If you are able to practice sitting upright stress management back support, you will strengthen your back muscles, release chronic tension, and your spine will come into alignment. This is great for your physical and psychological health, for energy flow and nerve conductivity through your spine, and for spiritual development. Living a purposeful, self-responsible, conscious life relates to having an upright, relaxed, aligned spine.

Why do I suggest sitting in a chair instead of cross-legged on the floor or on a cushion?

First, when the soles of your feet are flat on the ground, you are energetically grounded. Secondly, this posture encourages energy flow through your legs and into your lower abdominal energy center, the center of physical vitality. Third, having your feet aligned with your knees and hips is biomechanically healthier for the joints. Your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back will thank you. As a case in point, I once had a client who was a very advanced yogi who suffered lower back and joint pain because of prolonged sitting in the cross-legged seated position.

Since your body is the vessel for your spiritual growth in this life, take good care of it.

When I am meditating, I don’t feel what you are describing inside my body. For instance, I don’t feel my heart center or any positive feeling there. Why can’t I feel anything?

Inner sensing is a skill. Depending on your background, you may not have practiced this skill much up to this point. I first came upon this skill when I was learning weight training and was told to feel each muscle that I was working. In my early twenties, I learned this skill on a more subtle level during T’ai Chi, as I was told to feel the inner space of my body and sense my “qi” or life energy in the soles of my feet, my lower abdomen, my palms, and the top of my head.

Gradually, over time, my inner energetic senses awakened. I began to feel tingling at the top of my head, in my palms, in the soles of my feet, in my lower abdomen, in the center of my brain, and in my heart as my inner energetic senses awakened.

To feel your inner body, use movement, leben positiv verändern, and imagination together. For instance, you may breathe into the space of your heart, smile with appreciation for how your heart keeps you alive in this body, and imagine this moment of awareness as a great gift in your life. When you combine the physical, emotional, and mental elements with concentration on a particular place in your body, you will awaken your energetic senses there over time.

Feeling may be shut down in a certain area because of chronic tension or past trauma that is stored in your cells or energy field around that space. Rest a gentle attention in these spaces for a period of time and listen for what they have to tell you. Accept whatever arises. Be present there. After a period of time, move on to the next focal point in your meditation sequence. You might also spend some extra time outside of your meditation practice focusing your attention into these areas, breathing into them, and listening to what they have to tell you.

Over time, as you become comfortable with the skills and the process of energy meditation, your energy system will release stored tensions and traumas and your energy will flow more smoothly and strongly and you will feel this.

Meditation just doesn’t work for me. My mind races more than ever when I sit down to do it. Otherwise, I just get really tired and want to fall asleep. How can I overcome these things?

As I said in the last answer, meditation is a learned skill. It is a natural ability, but it needs to be cultivated. When you begin to meditate you may feel as if your mind is racing more than ever. What is happening is that you are becoming aware of how your mind is always racing. Meditation brings awareness of your mind and gives you a new way to relate to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations: you recognize them, accept them completely, let them go, and return to your meditation cues.

You are not failing, if you have many wandering thoughts as you meditate. You are becoming aware of how your mind works. Recognize the activity of your mind without judgment, without being caught up in it or overly interested in following its contents. Let go of your thoughts and feelings and return to your meditation cues as often as you become aware of your mind

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