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Lesson 118 - Q&A Strong pulse in
Date: Sun Feb 15, 2004 2:00pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: Is it possible that energy is getting stuck in my solar plexus? To give you background,
I have faithfully done the practices twice a day for about two months. During breathing, I
include Sambhavi and Siddhasana. I do not include Mulabandha, because I found I was not
able to take a deep breath without releasing the lock and that was distracting. I will
focus on Sambhavi until it is automatic and then try again. I'm doing 15 minutes of
pranayama. During meditation I stay in Siddhasana and meditate for 20 minutes.
Lately I have noticed during meditation a very strong pulse in my solar plexus that
distracts me from the mantra. It can be quite a strong series of jolts. I do go easily
back to the mantra but with nearly every breath I am distracted by the deep pulse. The
pulse is strongest after I begin to exhale. (It is noticeable when I inhale and sometimes
during pranayama) If I hold after exhaling - which I did just to see what happened - it
subsides a bit. It does seem to grow stronger throughout the meditation and I often feel
it up to my ears. It does not go below my navel at all. I guess I wouldn't mind if I could
remain focused on the mantra, but it does distract. The occurrence of the pulse did not
follow any new practice, I have been doing pretty much the same things throughout. Most
days I also do some yoga before pranayama. The yoga does not have any affect on the pulse.
I'm not sure if you have any suggestions. I seem to be at a point where I could relate to
your discussions of bliss were it not for this issue. I appreciate any thoughts you might
have and thank you for your time and consideration.
A: Sometimes pulse can happen like that in practices for a few days or weeks. It can
happen almost anywhere in the body. Usually it will settle down as the nervous system
adjusts. The solar plexus can be the blockage, or it could be something elsewhere in the
nadis (subtle nerves). I presume the pulse is not prevalent in daily activity. If it
becomes so and doesn't clear up, make sure to cover the medical angle. Not to be alarmist,
but we don't want to be blind to potential health issues.
You might review the lesson on physical sensations that can come up in meditation -- #15. There is a specific technique in there to deal with distracting
physical sensations during meditation, which would include a distracting pulse.
After using the method in lesson #15, if it continues to distract
you, you might consider backing down a bit on your pranayama (and siddhasana and sambhavi,
if necessary) for a week or so and see if that helps. Then slowly come back when the
symptom subsides. Self-pacing you know. (You did not mention yoni mudra kumbhaka -- it
goes without saying that backing down on that is also in order if symptoms become
Also, you could do some uddiyana (and learn to do nauli) as part of asanas before
pranayama and meditation. Those can help clear the solar plexus. We will be doing nauli
(special churning of the abdominal muscles) in the lessons in a week or two, and then
another physical technique higher up that will bring energy up through the solar plexus
and chest. So, we will be working on it from a few more angles.
On mulabandha, there is no need to keep it locked throughout pranayama. It will naturally
go through its own pattern of pulsations as our inner spiritual biology comes up. Yes, it
is distracting when the mulabandha comes alive. But the distraction gradually turns to
ecstatic bliss as the inner processes in us come up. It is part of the process.
The first order of business is to get comfortable in your routine, and that could mean
backing off temporarily on the things mentioned, until you get through this bump in the
road. It is up to you.
Real yogis and yoginis are hungry to stay on the leading edge of their journey, and I
admire you for it. Your bhakti is terrific. But we want to avoid having it become the
"bleeding edge." It should be fun. In time it becomes much more than fun. It
becomes infinite joy!
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on the
procedure of deep meditation, see the
AYP Deep Meditation book.
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