Overheating during meditation

Overheating during meditation

by Headspace_HQ » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:02 pm

Some comments from Andy on a pretty common topic around the forum, overheating and temperature changes during meditation:

Yeah, overheating during meditation is quite a common experience, as is rapidly cooling down for some people. When we sit to meditate, the body and mind are coming together in a way that they often don't during the rest of the day. As a result, some people will feel tired, some will feel energized, some will feel hot and some will cold.

Whilst not always the case, it is often down to emotion. Take a moment to think when you last felt really angry or upset. What did it feel like in the body? My guess is it felt pretty hot. Compare that to feeling anxious or scared, which may have led to the body feeling quite cold. Our emotions are integrally linked to the temperature sensations we experience.

Sometimes these emotions are current, relating to things which are going on in our life right now. But sometimes, through the process of meditation, we unearth older emotions which have yet to be processed for whatever reason. Experiencing the feeling is simply part of letting go of those emotions. Now it depends on the situation and from person to person, but often we are not even aware of the thoughts related to these old emotions, instead experiencing them simply as physical sensations or temperature changes instead.

The time of day won't make too much difference, but you may well find it happens a little less first thing in the morning before the mind has got up to speed. As much as possible though, just allow it to wash over you, knowing that there is a useful process at work."

Thanks for checking out Andy's Answers and be sure to send your practice questions over to askandy@headspace.com
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