Why Do I Twist When I Meditate?

June 8, 2024

Generally speaking, involuntary twitching or swaying is considered normal and can often be attributed to the release of tension or energy flow. However, it is important to differentiate these movements from any physical ailments that may occur during meditation which are outside of the natural process and should be addressed separately.

It is also common for the eyes to twitch during meditation, particularly when the mind is becoming more focused on the surroundings. This is a good sign, as it shows that the mind has moved away from the thoughts and plans that are floating around in the head and is gaining access to the more subtle sensations of the body.

A more profound reason for the twitching is that it’s a sign that you are getting closer to letting go and surrendering your mental and bodily stress, anxieties, worries, and energy blocks. When you meditate regularly, it’s necessary to let go of all these energies in order for the universe and life to begin to work on your behalf.

If you notice that your attention has wandered away from the repetition of your mantra, gently return it to the breath and continue counting until the timer rings. If that doesn’t help, try focusing on the sensations of the chair beneath you, or on the feeling of your hands resting in your lap. Try to make a note of the specifics, and keep returning your attention to the sensations until the twitching stops.


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