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Hi everybody, I started performing a breath meditation 2 weeks ago. I generally meditate twice a day, between 10 and 20 minutes (I set an alarm.) Last night, after meditating for around 15 minutes then stopping, I decided to start again a few minutes later. I quickly began to experience a bodily sensation that can be best described as "burning." While it wasn't necessarily painful, it was overwhelming in it's own way, and I could not continue focusing on my breath due to this strange sensation. Is this normal to experience when you begin meditating?

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9/9/14 9:40 AM as a reply to Patrick.
Something that can pop up in the early nanas, especially between third and fourth, is a sense of heat or firey energy. This may be what you experienced. I believe the Pali word for it is atapa

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9/11/14 3:14 PM as a reply to Eric M W.
Eric M W:
Something that can pop up in the early nanas, especially between third and fourth, is a sense of heat or firey energy. This may be what you experienced. I believe the Pali word for it is atapa


I would think "tapa" is the word, that atapa would mean "fireless". But I don't know. And heat in Sanskirt is "tapas" ....

RE: strange sensation during breath meditation
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9/11/14 3:16 PM as a reply to Patrick.
Patrick:
Hi everybody, I started performing a breath meditation 2 weeks ago. I generally meditate twice a day, between 10 and 20 minutes (I set an alarm.) Last night, after meditating for around 15 minutes then stopping, I decided to start again a few minutes later. I quickly began to experience a bodily sensation that can be best described as "burning." While it wasn't necessarily painful, it was overwhelming in it's own way, and I could not continue focusing on my breath due to this strange sensation. Is this normal to experience when you begin meditating?


Howdy, 

Is this sort of a burning in the chest area perhaps from a natural and very normal over-focus on the lungs while breathing?  You may not be having this natural over-focus on the lungs, but since you mention just starting breathing meditation, this can come up. 

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9/13/14 10:29 AM as a reply to katy steger,thru11.6.15 with thanks.
the sensation seems to be everywhere (in my limbs, as well as my torso) but hasn't shown up the past few days.