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Blue Toes

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Blue Toes

Postby Guy » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:43 am

Hello,

Lately when I have been meditating my toes have been turning blue. It doesn't last very long, I just rub my toes after I have finished and the circulation is back to normal within a minute or so. I suspect it is nothing serious, probably a combination of the winter weather and a sedentary lifestyle. Maybe I could do some more regular exercise (I have been a bit slack lately) to help with the circulation. Hass anyone else ever had this happen when they meditate, if so what did you do about it?

Thanks,

Guy
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1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Blue Toes

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:48 am

How old are you? And what posture are you meditating in? Blue toes are not good.

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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Guy » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:52 am

I am 22. Sometimes on a chair, sometimes "burmese posture".
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Blue Toes

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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Guy » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:15 am

Actually, only in the chair now I think about it.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Blue Toes

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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Guy » Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:50 am

Hi Tilt,

Thanks for the advice, I will definitely try your suggestions and let you know how it goes.

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:29 pm

Hi Guy
Firstly, attend to the exercise if you're not getting any.
Also, look at your posture and adjust if necessary. You maybe inadvertently cutting off circulation to your feet.
Kind regards

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Guy » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:48 pm

Hi Tilt and Ben,

Thanks for the suggestions. I used a different chair, paid more attention to my posture making sure it was relaxed (I probably have been a bit too forceful and insensitive at times), wore socks, sat in a warmer room than I normally do (usually I sit in the coldest room in the house barefeet), plus I did some exercise - not sure which of these things worked but I will keep practicing in this way and I'll update if symptoms return.

Thanks again for your help,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Individual » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:49 pm

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Blue Toes

Postby Guy » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:03 am

Hi Individual,

I am underweight, if anything, so maybe it's my bony structure that is cutting off the blood flow. :jumping:

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm


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