Some Stuff That Happened While Meditating
I’ve been reading Mindfulness in Plain English this last week, and I’ve found it has improved my efforts to get meditating. The book teaches about a style of meditation in which you sit with eyes closed and focus your attention on your breath. In the last few sessions, I’ve noticed some interesting things:
1) Sounds seem clearly louder or quieter depending on my awareness. I play some white noise when I meditate, and the volume seems completely different depending on how focused I am. In fact, many times in a session the sound will seem to start fading out but then come back the instant I notice the phantom fade out.
2) I feel a kind of head rush when my attention shifts significantly. I don’t feel lightheaded, but I do feel something happening like a head rush without the alarming bits. This occurs when I’ve been distracted or faded out for a while and then manage to regain focus on my breath. I think I breathe shallowly when I’m distracted.
3) 10 or more minutes of meditation calms even a caffeine rush. Before my last session I had clearly drunk too much coffee. After I meditated, I felt none of that caffeine jumpiness. Oddly enough, I wasn’t aware of the calmness until I finished.