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Hurt myself while meditating?

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Soeun
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Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby Soeun » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:26 am

I started meditating about a year and a half ago. Before I could sit during vipassana meditation for at least an hour, that is until I over exerted myself and hurt my muscles around my right shoulder blade during vipassana meditation over a year ago. When I think it is healed back up I try to sit for 15 to 20 minutes and it seems fine, then like 10 minutes after I feel pain again. I get frustrated because I can't get to the level of concentration as before and I don't know if I'm over exerting myself. Thanks in advance for any advice for this novice meditater!

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Re: Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby Mr. G » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:33 am

I use this to assist in back and knee support:

http://www.nadachair.com/

Love it! It can also be used with a regular chair as well.

In terms of chairs, many cellists like the Adjustrite musician's chair.

:namaste:
Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby Cloud » Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:00 am

The trick is to not obstruct the airway. You can even meditate while lying in bed.

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Re: Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby Soeun » Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:30 am

Thanks for the replies. That back strap thingy looks interesting, If my shoulder don't seem to get better I might buy that product. That is another big concern too is I don't know if I'm sitting right. My mediation teacher just said to sit in the best position that is most comptable. My legs are short so I can't do the full lotus, but I tried every posture and the half lotus seems the most comptable.

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Re: Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby m0rl0ck » Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:49 am

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Re: Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby m0rl0ck » Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:15 pm

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Re: Hurt myself while meditating?

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:07 pm

Hi Soeun,

Thanks for explaining the problem in more detail. Interesting, and slightly alarming, that one can strain a muscle like that but, as I said above, I've had some quite interesting experiences where the body seemed to be straining itself to get straightened out (while I just observed...), and other experiences where I moved and shook. One of my monastic teachers said that he'd seen people shake so much they whacked their head on the ground. (This was back in Bangladesh - where he's from - on Mahasi-style retreats). I'm guessing that your retreat was a Goenka one? I've only been on one Goenka retreat, back in 2007, but that was my first long retreat, and the first time I really had this sort of thing happen.

Hmm, in conclusion, I don't seem to be offering anything useful, but I would try to discuss it with your teachers, who may well have seen similar problems.

:anjali:
Mike

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