July 7, 2022
Ask Deepak

Comfort in Meditation.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.


Dear Respected Deepak, I have some questions regarding meditation. I have been doing meditation for the last 4, 5 months morning and evening after hearing you insist on the practice. And because nothing else seemed to be working for me. In the morning I do breath awareness meditation and in the evening I do chakra activation & balancing meditation from your CDs. When I started meditation my mind was relatively quiet. I felt I was going into deep meditation more. But now for a long time my mind is really active, I do not experience any deep meditative state anymore. I am gentle with thoughts and don’t try to push them but also find myself immersed in them too. How can I not push against thoughts and also focus on breath too? Moreover, what if I feel like crying or do cry during meditation? Or have flue? In that case I either cannot breathe from nostrils or need to clear my nose or throat again and again. My mouth also fills with saliva sometimes while meditating. So are throat movements ok? Or should I avoid? What if one feels like burping or passing gas? It is absolutely necessary to meditate on an empty stomach? How long after a meal can one meditate? Your reply means a lot to me. I am a regular follower of yours.


It is natural in the course of your meditation practice where the mind cycles between periods of deeper silence and periods where it is more active. Don’t be alarmed or think that your meditation is less effective when your mind is more active—it isn’t. These meditions of many thoughts indicate a releasing of mental and physical tension that opens the way for deeper and more silent experiences later. 

Instead of pushing the thoughts out, regard them cordially, and then allow your attention to return to the meditation practice. When strong feelings come up during meditation, it is an indication that some past emotional stress is being cleared away. Allow the process to complete itself naturally, and then return to your practice when you have settled back down. It’s all right if your body needs to make some minor movements while meditating. The rule of thumb is to be comfortable and relaxed for meditation, not necessarily immobile and stiff. One can meditate after a light meal if necessary, but if you have eaten a full meal, give yourself at least an hour, so that the extra metabolic activity of digestion isn’t conflicting with your decreased metabolic activity of restfulness of meditation.



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