For some, these sensations can be uncomfortable & alarming. But, with a little practice and patience, you can learn how to deal with them and continue your meditation journey.
In any form of meditation, there are bound to be some strange sensations that will occur. This may be a tingling sensation in your hands, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, or having an increase in heart rate. I refer to these sensations as Kriyas. They are the result of you changing your energetic field.
Another way of saying this is, they are the result of you embodying your true self or remembering more of who you truly are.
For some people, these sensations can be uncomfortable and alarming. However, with a little practice and patience, you can learn how to deal with them and continue your meditation journey.
Read further to learn about some of these sensations and how to deal with them.
1. Feeling as though you are falling
The first strange sensation that people usually feel when they start meditating is the feeling that they are falling. This can be a pleasant experience, as you fall into an abyss of peace and tranquility. It’s almost like being in heaven or on drugs.
However, it can be a bit disorienting, but it is not anything to worry about. It usually fades away with time and practice.
Below are a few tips for dealing with this feeling:
- Start your meditation by laying flat.
- Don’t fight the sensation.
- Observe it and allow it to run its course.
- Keep your focus on your breath.
- If it is too much, stop your meditation.
2. Feelings of electricity or tingling
The second strange sensation a person might experience during meditation is a feeling of electricity or tingling moving through their body. This can be caused by the nervous system firing in response to the meditative state, as well as from an internal source such as your chakras and meridians.
This can be a very unsettling experience, but it is important not to panic. It is simply your body adjusting to the changes taking place within your energic self as you continue meditating. Some people feel it more strongly than others. For those who seek these feelings as a form of meditation validation, there is no need to worry if you don’t feel it at first.
To deal with this feeling:
- Don’t fight it when it occurs.
- Stay relaxed and let your body adjust in its own time.
- Focus on your breath.
- If it is too overwhelming, stop meditating.
3. Feelings of heaviness or pressure
The third strange sensation that can come while meditating is the feeling of heaviness or pressure. This may be accompanied by a sense of “being stuck” and not being able to move your body, as if you are in some kind of physical prison. This sensation is not necessarily bad either, but it can be uncomfortable for some people.
If you are experiencing this sensation, there are a few things that you can do to deal with it:
- Relax your body and mind.
- Focus on your breath.
- Acknowledge the feeling and show it gratitude.
- If that doesn’t work, you can try adjusting your posture or moving around a bit.
- If it is too scary, stop meditating.
4. Feelings of warmth
The fourth strange sensation that can arise during meditation is a feeling of warmth. It may be experienced as an increase in body temperature or even the sense of heat spreading through your whole being. This sensation can be quite pleasant and comforting, but it can also be overpowering and distracting, causing you to sweat.
If this happens to you, here are a few tips for dealing with it:
- Acknowledge the feeling. Don’t try to ignore it or push it away.
- Express gratitude to the sensation.
- Allow yourself to experience the warmth and see what happens.
- Focus on your breathing.
5. Feelings of floating or flying
The fifth strange sensation that can occur during meditation is the feeling of floating or flying. This may be accompanied by a sense of weightlessness, and it seems to happen most often in people who are very relaxed and at ease with themselves. Others may experience a sense of euphoria, lightness, and freedom.
For some people, this sensation can be quite exhilarating and enjoyable. However, for others, it can be disturbing and even scary.
If you experience this phenomenon,
- It is important to stay calm.
- Focus on your breath or repeat a mantra.
- Open your eyes slowly.
- Touch your feet to the ground.
6. Feelings of spinning
The sixth strange sensation that can occur during meditation is a feeling of spinning. This kind of dizziness, or vertigo, often occurs when you are sitting quietly in deep meditation with your eyes closed. It is thought that the spinning results from Source Energy moving through your chakras and improving your alignment with your higher self.
This sensation is usually not considered to be a problem, but if it becomes bothersome, there are some things that you can do to deal with it.
- Focus on your breath.
- Count your breaths: inhales and exhales.
- Move your attention to other parts of your body.
- Stop meditating and begin when you feel more comfortable.
7. Feelings of emptiness or nothingness
It’s a state in which you have no thoughts and feelings. You begin to feel that you don’t exist at all; it feels like everything has disappeared — your body, your mind, even time itself.
This is one of the stranger and/or more wonderful sensations that you can experience while meditating. This sensation, which is often felt during very deep meditation, is the feeling of emptiness or nothingness. It’s a state in which you have no thoughts and feelings. You begin to feel that you don’t exist at all; it feels like everything has disappeared — your body, your mind, even time itself.
This can be an extremely disconcerting experience for some people. For me, it represents your reconnecting with Source Energy and experiencing a sense of peace like no other.
It is important to remember that you won’t stay in this state for too long before your mind takes over. Your mind will wonder why it has no thoughts, which is a thought. When this happens, you’ll begin returning your awareness back to your body.
It is normal to feel strange during your meditation sessions. Don’t let these sensations dissuade you from continuing your practice.
Even after almost 10 years of meditating daily, I continue to experience some of these sensations. I use the same techniques I shared above to help me deal with them. Focusing on my breath, relaxing, and allowing the sensation to pass are three of the most effective. With more practice, these sensations become less intense and less frequent or bothersome.
Remember, meditating is still an amazing practice with infinite benefits despite the strange sensations.