I have noticed that during concentration meditation, when my mind starts to stop thinking unnecessary thoughts and quietens down, and a feeling of joy or bliss sets in, the mind usually feels quite foggy and not clear and precise. My question is: is this the hindrance of sloth and torpor becoming more noticeable, and therefore the mind needing more training, or could it be something else? I feel that joyous feelings actually seem to cloud the mind rather than sharpening it.
It's hard to explain, but it's like I get so focused on the feelings of bliss that any sense of concentration goes out the window. Like when you feel something so amazing that you just sit there in a stupor, not able to think properly.
Any advice or ideas about what is going wrong?
Thanks and metta,
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."