People starting to practice concentration exercises, sometimes, experience certain peculiar sensations, and wonder about their cause, and whether they should continue exercising.
Several days ago someone, asked me about these sensations, and I decided to share with you this information, as I believe many have probably experienced these or similar sensations.
Here is the question:
“I started concentration exercises some time ago, and I know I have improved, but the question is regarding the after effects of concentration.
After a 15 minutes session I feel a kind of heavy numb feeling in my head and face at the front. It is not bad (not painful), but it is just there and it goes away later. Sometimes I feel like there is nothing in my head. I feel really light and have a lot of clarity. I am more concerned of the first feeling, is this common or is it just me?”
These, and other similar experiences, such as headaches or physical tension are not uncommon, and there is nothing to be concerned about. Years ago, when I first started to work on improving my concentration, I had the same exact sensations and feelings.
What Are the Reasons for the after Effects of Concentration?
1) When beginning to practice concentration exercises, the brain is not yet accustomed to focus intently on one thought or object, and this puts some strain on it. The mind and the nerves in the brain are not able to stay quiet, and it takes time to discipline them and teach them new habits.
What happens when you read a lot or try to find a solution to a complicated problem?
You often get a headache. This happens because the brain is overtaxed. It is similar when practicing concentration exercises. The solution is not to overdo the exercises, and not o exercise too much at the beginning. Gradually, as you gain experience and you feel more comfortable, increase the time.
This is exactly as exercising your muscles. They get strained if you exercise them too much, but as they get stronger, you can train them more time and more often, without any tenseness or pain. It is the same with training your mind and brain.
2) Often, during concentration, people tend to tense their bodies and tighten their muscles. This is a natural mechanism of the body when doing something that requires effort, but concentration is a mental activity, so there is no need for physical tension or stiffness.
Strain and tension do not help concentration, on the contrary, they strain and contract the muscles and cause pain. They also wastes your energy, make you tired, and disturb your concentration.
It is important to relax the body and do some breathing exercises before starting with the exercises.
Try to be aware when you tense your body and relax it immediately, even if this means disturbing your focus. This takes just a brief moment, otherwise, the physical tension might grow and cause you to stop the exercise. In time, you will learn to relax any tension quite automatically, without disturbing your focus.
3) While practicing the exercises you should sit with your back straight and hold your body steady, but this is difficult in the beginning. This might cause physical strain and tension, which could give raise to various unpleasant sensations.
To eliminate strain and these unpleasant sensations, it is important to sit in a position that is as comfortable as possible, but with your back and head straight and in one line. It takes some time until the body gets accustomed to sit relaxed and still.
Though it is recommended to sit still while concentrating, if you feel that a lot of tension is building up in your head, face or body, move a little to make yourself more comfortable.
These sensations would disappear, as you continue practicing the exercises. All these sensations are only minor and marginal disturbances compared to the peace, confidence and inner strength that well-developed concentration ability can give.
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About the Author
Remez Sasson is the founder of Success Consciousness. In his articles and books, he teaches about positive thinking and motivation, visualization, gaining inner strength and inner peace, achieving success, and about improving one’s life.