Meditation questions

3 years, 1 month ago

After meditating with eyes closed for a while does anyone else get this purple vibrant color behind their eye lids? It seems to expand and contract with my breath and gets more intense the longer I sit.

Also, if I am sitting in a cold place I never notice how cold it is until I am done meditating and stand up; and sometimes I will be REALLY cold at this point. Is it dangerous to sit in the cold for a while if I can’t really tell how cold I am?

February 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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Profile photo of R.V. Star R.V. Star (@rickvonstar) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

If I meditate in a well lighted area and I am focusing on the back of my eyelids then usually I see undulating patterns of contracting and expanding light/darkness.

Maybe this is close to what you are experiencing? Maybe you are unintentionally focusing on the back of your eyelids when you thought you were focusing on breathing?

I don’t think it would be dangerous to sit in the cold unless it’s really REALLY cold and your body hasn’t acclimated to it. If anything, meditating in the cold will boost your metabolism and make your body/mind feel better.

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

Yes, I get that purple light some times. There’s always a colored light, but the color is not always the same.

Meditating in the cold is not bad unless it’s REALLY cold. Ever heard of g’tumo? Basically, tibetan monks meditate in the cold and raise their body temprature. Inuits also meditate in the cold.

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Profile photo of Morgan Morgan (@m17lee) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

So the point of meditation is to clear your head? To just stop thinking and just breathe?

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Profile photo of Dominika Dominika (@dominika) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

honestly, you dont even have to stop thinking. most people that try too hard not to think just end up beating themselves up too much. instead of focusing on not thinking, focus on your breath or a fixed point or something. and if a thought comes in your head, just let it drift by. your mind wants to be heard so just listen to it.

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Profile photo of Eric Eric M (@blankey) 3 years, 1 month ago ago

Whenever I close my eyes and meditate for a while I don’t usually see just one color but multiple. Last night I had the most insane sensation while meditating. I think that was the first time I really felt at one with universe and just being with it while meditating.

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Profile photo of craig craig (@cgbush) 3 years ago ago

thought is something that cannot and will not stop. in many beginning practices of meditation, one goal is not to clear the mind but to simply learn to ignore your thoughts. as Dominika stated, ‘just let it drift by. there are a few different techniques to help wean the mind into a ‘thoughtless’ state. such as watching the breath, picturing a white flame in your belly, thinking a series of incantations as you breathe(so-hum, woo-sah, ect.) connecting your index and thumb and while you breathe move your ring finger towards the palm as you breathe in and away from the palm as you breathe out(same concept with so-hum; ‘so’ in and ‘hum’ out)

as for the colors, it may simply be a color that is suitable to whatever emotion/state of mind/state of health that you may currently be in. colors are quite query in spiritual aspects. for instance, is this purple your seeing more of an indigo or violet? for if you are into meditation, then you might also be into chakras? if so, then you may be able to find which chakra you are meditating through. indigo being the ‘third eye’ chakra, and violet being the ‘crown’.

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Profile photo of Dustin Dustin (@dobbyfisher) 3 years ago ago

I’ll try a scientific explanation… sorry, I’m not trying to kill any spirituality here but I had to learn about this in flight-training.

When you’re eyes adjust to the dark, the rods in your eye create a chemical called Rhodopsin, also know as, get this… “visual purple”. You know when you wake up and turn on a light and it blinds you a little… that is because your eyes have stored up rhodopsin, which is destroyed when exposed to light.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodopsin

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Profile photo of craig craig (@cgbush) 3 years ago ago

its all good, its good to have a scientific outlook on things too. its only a matter of time before they find out that its all the same anyways. every year science and religion/spirituality come closer together, just have to find the ‘link’ and understanding of it

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