Feeling Cold or Not During a CMR Session
Hi. As I live in Australia it is deep Winter here right now with average daily temps btwn -1 to about 12 C - anyway I just observed during the last week or so that even tho' I might hesitate before entering a CMR session with the thought "oh maybe I should rug up a bit more" I usually just sit in my normal position in my chair or on my bed & the interesting thing is that I DON'T experience any feeling of becoming colder - just thought this was interesting to observe.
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That's an interesting comment, Pru Joy. Personally, I think it is an individual thing, and I can really only speak for myself. Possibly the scientists could throw more light on the subject.
Whenever I have had a session of Conscious Mental Rest (which is every day) - and before that it would have been the meditation technique I used for many years - I have always made sure I am dressed warmly enough so that the session remains comfortable throughout the time I am in the session.
Usually I find that I need to add something before I start a session, even if it is just a light cotton cloth over my shoulders or a thin pullover. This is because at some stage during a session it seems that I am aware of feeling a little cooler than when I started, and I want to be comfortable enough so that my attention is not drawn to feeling a bit chilly.
I noticed in the past too that in group sessions of meditation with several other people, including teachers, almost everyone had some kind of extra cover over their shoulders, even in summer.
I think it depends, though, on one's body type and possibly one's level of fitness. Some body types feel the cold quicker than others. In the ayurvedic system (explained in the Self-Health Plan offered on this site) 'pitta' body types tend to feel the heat more than, say, kapha types, and so they may well find that their own internal body heat is sufficient to keep them warm during a session of physical quietness and a settling down of the mind-body system.
I have noticed too that when I occasionally lie down to take an afternoon nap, I always need to cover myself with something extra because my body does tend to feel a bit cooler when I nap. So I like to nap in comfort.
It is interesting that you have had this experience, and during winter too! Thanks for sharing.
It would also be interesting to hear what other CMR practitioners have experienced
in this regard. Hopefully some will click on the Comments link below and tell us
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