So, I just finished meditating. I didn't set an alarm or anything today and just wanted to have a good experience. I did. But peculiarly when I was finished I experienced something I haven't experienced before. It was like everything is foreign to me. Almost like I completely forgot where I had sat down to meditate. Even right now things seem "off" but I know where I am. I had been doing insight meditation for about 3 months and switched to samatha about 3 months ago. Comments are welcome, but I wanted to offer my experience to those who may have the same experiences and wondered if they were the only ones.
In my experience, yes what happened in meditation can imbue the mind temporarily (and hopefully one day, permanently, when we will see clearly) like a dye imbues a glass of water, or something like that. I think we all have odd and interesting experiences, but just to pick out one that was both lovely and a bit humorous in retrospect, I had cultivated a mind state that was quite loving, and I settled in (to a certain extent) to that emotion quite well that sitting. I can remember that when I arose, it was with gentleness; all my movements were gentle. It felt like love was in my body!
Or maybe that doesn't really explain it fully; love was kind of 'all pervasive' in my awareness, just for a little while. So I was not making so many distinctions as normal, it was like love was just this state of being, how we relate with everything - even the inanimate world. I noticed how, completely naturally, I 'lovingly picked up the kettle to fill it with water'.
Of course these things usually wear off during the day ime. But yes they can happen. In my opinion, they would only be a problem if they hindered you from performing your ordinary daily tasks for that day, otherwise just observe and learn what you can from them.
Regarding not being alert to one's surroundings after a quite calm sitting, yes I can relate to that as well, although I wish to correct that in myself. I think we need to learn the skill of gently bringing the mind/body complex back again to the mundane diversity of this 'outer' world and it's manifold objects, after we arise from a calm abiding. If we are truly wise, we will be able to sustain mindfulness in all
situations, from the sublime to the mundane. So maybe we need to learn how to 're-enter the sensual realm' in a way that is controlled, respectful and gentle to the mind, but which steers it back to dealing with the world 'out there' once more. If we are laypersons we must
learn this skill, otherwise what if we have to drive a car right after meditating?