Rising body temperature whilst meditating

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Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby wingsofwax » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:43 am

I follow the standard meditation practice as described by Yuttadhammo in his youtube videos.

When I meditate, I get a drastic rise in body temperature after some time. It's not a problem, but it gets to the point where sweat drips from my forehead. It is in no way unpleasant and does not interfere with the meditation itself.

But nevertheless, I feel that I should ask someone more experienced if this means anything. Can anyone help?
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Re: Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby daverupa » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:22 pm

It can happen; there's "hobbyist tummo" as a physiological process, else you can try to go play with qi or kundalini.

Or it's just the body being a body; rotten ol' thing, anyway...

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Re: Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby Aloka » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:35 pm

Its possible it could even be a medical problem connected with hormone levels.
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Re: Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby manas » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:00 am

wingsofwax wrote:I follow the standard meditation practice as described by Yuttadhammo in his youtube videos.

When I meditate, I get a drastic rise in body temperature after some time. It's not a problem, but it gets to the point where sweat drips from my forehead. It is in no way unpleasant and does not interfere with the meditation itself.

But nevertheless, I feel that I should ask someone more experienced if this means anything. Can anyone help?


I once had a few sessions where, in a reasonably good state of mindful calm, I noticed sweat drip from my armpits. This was always gently surprising to notice, as I don't recall the heating in the room as being the cause...it seemed to happen when the body was very still and calm, but the mind was fairly concentrated, and only happened if I was putting in a fair bit of effort, not if I was being a slacko. :tongue:

Basically, I wouldn't worry about it. I think it's just a by product of effort, even just mental effort. Maybe you need to relax more (and me also, it would seem) and find a way to have wakeful and sharp mindfulness, without it being too much of an effort? That's the only thing I can think of that might help.

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Re: Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby kmath » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:27 pm

manas wrote:...it seemed to happen when the body was very still and calm, but the mind was fairly concentrated, and only happened if I was putting in a fair bit of effort, not if I was being a slacko. :tongue:

Basically, I wouldn't worry about it. I think it's just a by product of effort, even just mental effort. Maybe you need to relax more (and me also, it would seem) and find a way to have wakeful and sharp mindfulness, without it being too much of an effort? That's the only thing I can think of that might help.

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My body used to heat up during meditation all the time. And I think manas is right, you might need to slightly reduce the effort, in order to have a more peaceful sit.

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Re: Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby PeterB » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:43 pm

I also had this constantly.
I found if I was averse to it it grew worse. It still happens occasionally, but now I simply note it and return to my practice, which is a mantra-like phrase linked to the in and out breath.
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Re: Rising body temperature whilst meditating

Postby phalanyani » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:27 am

This can come with concentration and is not abnormal nor dangerous. There is the Tibetan meditation practice called Tummo designed to produce heat. Be happy that you get the results without extra special training.
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