If you look to the right of this page you will find a place where you can submit your own questions for Dr. Mamas to address in his blogs. Below is one person’s question.
Lately, at the beginning of some of my meditations, I have felt tense or nervous and I don’t quite understand what I’m feeling. Thoughts race through my mind. I think maybe I’m “thinking” too much.
You recommend meditating for twenty minutes but sometimes it takes me twenty minutes to just “settle down”. Sometimes focusing on my breathing for a couple of minutes helps.
Someone told me it was my ego resisting letting go.
I have read about focusing on breathing during meditation. What do you say?
Do the meditation as taught. Do not change it in any way. Intentionally focusing on breathing will compromise it. The purpose of meditation is to purify stress out of the body. You are experiencing stress release. That is a good thing. Be sure you are taking 5 minutes to come out slowly. Lying down is best if it is practical to do so.
I assume you mean lying down after my meditation. Is there a problem with meditating alone in a sauna?
I have to apologize for my last question about lying down. I, of course, know you meant lying down after meditation. Not sure why I asked that.
Yes, i mean lying down after meditation.
Do not meditate in the sauna. In meditation, you are setting up a subtle state in the physiology. The sauna would impose a different sort of physiological state.
Thank you. After your response, I reviewed the Meditation section on this site. Answers to my questions were there. I had watched the video and read the material before but this time I have a better understanding. Like much of your teachings, if I look deep, have patience, and pay attention I find the answers I’m looking for. Thank you for
having patience with me.