Feelings and thoughts are natural and to be expected. During Mindfulness meditation you begin to spend more time being quiet and have access to that state of peace and tranquility which allows for the cultivation of your natural potential. Accepting these feelings is part of mindfulness and is preferable than trying to fight with them. The four common experiences you may have are:
As we reach that state of peace and calm and just being with our experience, the body may start to feel tingly, sleepy, tearful or achy. This is the body's way of healing which we often don't allow ourselves to do. If you feel tired or fall asleep during mindfulness meditation then you should listen to your body and allow it to rest. If you feel like crying then let it flow. It means there is some unresolved emotiion that has been waiting to be released. This may go on for several days. You can heal unresolved emotions using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Falling asleep is very common but don't force yourself to stay awake. You may want to perhaps sit up for the meditation rather than lying down. Treat your body with compassion and give it permission to take advantage of the need to rest. You should also experience deeper and more productive sleep. Sleep relieves stress and releases any tensions within the body and mind.
Wanting to move or twitch is also common as is feelings of anxiety or quickening of the heart. Simply acknowledge and observe with curiosity. In time, these will lessen but it illustrates how much your body wants to slow down!
When the mind and body lets go of past hurts, pain and suffering, that is the moment when a shift can be felt within the body. For some it may be more profound than for others. This time is known as the 'healing crisis'. During this time, get extra sleep at night, drink extra water, and do those things that bring you peace, such as gentle walks, yoga, watching the sunset. As your body relaxes into its natural state, the headaches and pain will begin to dissipate. If you feel what you are experiencing is a medical condition, do not hesitate to visit a medical professional for support. Taking care of you is the most important step toward living in peace and wellbeing.
If you feel uncomfortable during meditation, adjust your position accordingly. Never compromise your health or condition to accommodate a mindful position.
If, during meditation, you experience any strong feelings of nausea, dizziness, pain, excessive heat or disorientation, then gently stop meditating and try again at another time. If it continues, consult with your physician or doctor.
Happy meditating :)