Are you tensing up in meditation instead of relaxing?
For all beginners of meditation, there is a regular issue that pops up and that is the tensing up of the muscles. This is usually because a new meditator does not know better. Why? He has just begun and therefore has an immature meditating style.
Immature meditating style:
Focusing on a meditation object is the style of the beginner in meditation.
He is deeply focussing on his object, whether it is breath or a sound in the mind or any other meditation object. Focusing is like using a spotlight. It is definitely going to cause tensing up of the muscles. This is an immature meditating style but it is better than nothing and okay for a beginner. Such a person needs individual meditation-mentorship to understand what he/she is doing so he can gradually mature in meditation.
Mature meditating style:
For someone who has been practicing for a long time, defocussing happens automatically [if he is mentored correctly]. A sincere meditator slowly learns to relax from focussing on the object. He graduates to a stage of melting away or collapsing his attention into the silence beyond the object. Thus he moves from using the spotlight to using the floodlight.
This is taught in details in a 10-day Buddha retreat so the meditator learns to let-go of his previous spotlight-meditating style and adopt the relaxation of the floodlight-style. Every meditator gradually learns to relax.
Therefore, if you hear that any meditation causes tensing up of muscles and prevents relaxation, know that it is coming from an immature meditation practice or incorrect understanding and has nothing to do with any particular type of meditation technique specifically dear. Let’s now understand the real meaning of mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
That is what is unknown to the mind-ego complex. This is the biggest milestone for any meditator. How can knowing yourself lead to anything but relaxation?
Awareness/Mindfulness only leads to the relaxation of the ego and then to its final collapse. The unknown can be reached only when the Ego collapses into that all-pervading field of awareness, where there is no ‘I’, where there is no ‘you’.
Be mindful of being mindful dear. You will find home! May you reach the highest Truth soon dear!
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