Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

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Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by SciFiFanatic101 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:40 pm

I've been meditating on and off for the past 2 years and muscle tension has been, along with day dreams, a major stumbling block during my meditation practice. Tensions are present mainly around the area of my shoulders and abdomen. I've observed that I have the habit of tensing these areas almost all the time during the day, even concentrating on my breath produces tension, specifically the in-breath. Aside from phychoanalysis, are there any techniques you could recommend to at least alleviate my condition?

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Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by bodom » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:59 pm

Yes its very simple notice the tension, release and return to the moment over and over in both formal meditation and daily life. Wandering thoughts create tensions in the body especially the face. Have you ever seen the statue of The Thinker? A Face full of tension. Just keep relaxing both body and mind.

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Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
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Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by dharmacorps » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:21 pm

Keep at it. I struggled with tension in the abdomen for quite some time particularly, maybe 2-3 years, and sometimes my entire meditation was focusing on observing the tension there with the breath.

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Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by atharva2k » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:21 pm

It's quite common. I've been struggling with back tension for the past year. Before it was tension + aversion (which was intense pain), now its just tension. I think it's one of those habit patterns that will be resolved through long term practice.

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Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by Dinsdale » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:24 am

SciFiFanatic101 wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:40 pm
I've been meditating on and off for the past 2 years and muscle tension has been, along with day dreams, a major stumbling block during my meditation practice. Tensions are present mainly around the area of my shoulders and abdomen. I've observed that I have the habit of tensing these areas almost all the time during the day, even concentrating on my breath produces tension, specifically the in-breath. Aside from phychoanalysis, are there any techniques you could recommend to at least alleviate my condition?
Have you tried relaxation exercises, eg lying down and letting the earth take your weight?

And what posture are you using for meditation? Some postures can induce further physical tension in the body, so it's worth experimenting.
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Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by SciFiFanatic101 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:13 pm

Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:24 am
SciFiFanatic101 wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:40 pm
I've been meditating on and off for the past 2 years and muscle tension has been, along with day dreams, a major stumbling block during my meditation practice. Tensions are present mainly around the area of my shoulders and abdomen. I've observed that I have the habit of tensing these areas almost all the time during the day, even concentrating on my breath produces tension, specifically the in-breath. Aside from phychoanalysis, are there any techniques you could recommend to at least alleviate my condition?
Have you tried relaxation exercises, eg lying down and letting the earth take your weight?

And what posture are you using for meditation? Some postures can induce further physical tension in the body, so it's worth experimenting.

I've been meditating in the Japanese seiza position for some months and was doing fantastic progress, at some point staying in that position for 2 hours in the morning. The first hour was simply a rush of thoughts, but the second provided brief windows of mental calm that were simply breathtaking. Alas, I stopped after that because of my medical residency exam, got a bad mark and went into depression. Now, I am meditating mostly in the Burmese style, and struggling both with muscle tension and keeping an erect back. Sometimes during the day I get nauseous and I suspect my faulty sitting position may be at fault, causing undue stress on my gallbladder and liver.

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Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Post by Dinsdale » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:33 am

SciFiFanatic101 wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:13 pm
Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:24 am
SciFiFanatic101 wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:40 pm
I've been meditating on and off for the past 2 years and muscle tension has been, along with day dreams, a major stumbling block during my meditation practice. Tensions are present mainly around the area of my shoulders and abdomen. I've observed that I have the habit of tensing these areas almost all the time during the day, even concentrating on my breath produces tension, specifically the in-breath. Aside from phychoanalysis, are there any techniques you could recommend to at least alleviate my condition?
Have you tried relaxation exercises, eg lying down and letting the earth take your weight?

And what posture are you using for meditation? Some postures can induce further physical tension in the body, so it's worth experimenting.

I've been meditating in the Japanese seiza position for some months and was doing fantastic progress, at some point staying in that position for 2 hours in the morning. The first hour was simply a rush of thoughts, but the second provided brief windows of mental calm that were simply breathtaking. Alas, I stopped after that because of my medical residency exam, got a bad mark and went into depression. Now, I am meditating mostly in the Burmese style, and struggling both with muscle tension and keeping an erect back. Sometimes during the day I get nauseous and I suspect my faulty sitting position may be at fault, causing undue stress on my gallbladder and liver.
A change of posture might well help, by the sound of it. It's fine to use a stool or chair by the way, find a position that is basically comfortable.
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