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One of the difficulties that many people face when they first start to meditate is working out whether they are doing the meditation properly and whether it is having a beneficial effect. Strangely enough this is not so much an issue in the first two weeks or so as it is later on, after the initial period of familiarisation is over.
The early days of meditation are usually marked by a general feeling of well-being. For many people, this is the time that they will have experienced a true spiritual practice in action, and their subtle system really flowers under the attention. They feel happy, many start sleeping better and may find their heart opening in the most unexpected ways. For some the experience can be incredibly intense, with tears of release or feeling of overwhelming joy.
No two people are alike and so it is impossible to state how each individual reacts, but suffice to say it can be wonderfully elevating, confusing, exhilarating and scary all rolled into one kaleidoscopic mishmash. Or it can be very low key.
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