Well of course, they disappear if you don't pay attention to thempowerhawk wrote:Now, if I were to go and do something else instead of remaining mindful of the sensations, they subside much quicker! They also seem to go away more quickly if I change the focus of my attention to the breath.
dakini_boi wrote:Yes, often when focusing on body sensations, they can intensify. Your focus may be too hard. Instead, try to allow sensations to be there - like, notice sensations instead of focusing on them. I have a couple other suggestions re. meditation technique - If you want to continue practicing being mindful of body sensations, another technique (other than focusing where sensations are most obvious) is to scan the body. You will become aware of sensations elsewhere - even if you bring your attention to parts of the body where there at first appears to be no sensation. Another idea is to let your awareness rest below your navel, in the dan tien area (often described as four finger-widths below the navel). This is used a lot in Taoist and some Buddhist meditation. This is helpful, because by letting the attention rest there, the body's energy naturally becomes regulated and mind is calmed. Following the breath can have a similar effect, as you have noticed. It depends on what type of meditation you are practicing, and what tradition you are following. May I ask, where are you learning meditation?
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