Meditating is great for our mind, body, and soul.
The world is at times hectic – our body needs a break, and so does our mind.
Meditation allows us to switch off from the world and recharge, so we feel refreshed and ready to get back to our busy lives.
With practice, we can achieve many meditation experiences.
You may find yourself so absorbed at the moment that you forget you’re meditating.
Your body and mind may feel completely relaxed so that when you stop meditating, it’s possible to find yourself in a different seating position.
As you fall into even deeper meditation, you may feel so light and free that it seems like you’re in a float-like state.
You may feel like you’re as light as a feather, and at one with the clouds.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Feeling as light and free as a cloud does sound like it has its advantages. It sure beats being dragged down with heavy stuff.
What is this float-like feeling all about, and why’s it possible to experience it?
Read on for all these answers and more.
Can You Float While Meditating?
There are a lot of people out there claiming that they’ve actually experienced levitating during meditation.
They have heightened spiritual energy – when their body and mind are in a relaxed state, then this lightened effect makes then raise up off the ground.
Known as siddhis, some yoga and meditation masters claim they possess the power to levitate during meditation.
For many who meditate, they experience the sensation of feeling like they’re floating.
Feeling like you’re floating and actually levitating are two different things entirely.
We aren’t all capable of genie-like powers, but this doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from learning the art of how to meditate.
So, let’s say levitation is possible? How exactly can you get into the mindset needed to achieve this?
The Upward Flow of Life Energy
Our body contains 5 main pranas – these control all of our actions and movements.
Basically, they’re in control of everything our minds and bodies do.
Mastering all 5 pranas means that the levitation state could also be possible – therefore opening up the mind and body to the upward flow of life energy.
- Prana Vayu – Linked to the chest and head and focuses the drawing in of energy, which controls inhaling, swallowing, and all sensory perception.
- Apana Vayu – Connected with the pelvis area, this is in charge of the overall movement and circulation, this diffuses the energy away from the body.
- Samana Vayu – This covers the navel area, so digestion and metabolism, and draws the energy to the center core.
- Vyana Vayu – Linked to the entire body, this controls circulation and descending the energy downward.
- Udana Vayu – in charge of the throat, so covers speech, expression, exhalation, and upwards growth- helps energy ascend upwards.
Okay, so you might not be a meditation master – but even if you don’t manage to levitate, channeling into your pranas isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
It certainly could help you to also experience that airless feeling – even if you don’t actually levitate.
That Floating Feeling
We live in a world of pressures, the daily grind, and endless over-thinking.
The world is full of worries, but these all weigh heavily on us.
The truth is that these float-like sensations won’t happen if we let life’s burdens keep dragging us down and detract us from the bigger picture.
The spiritual leader Paramahamsa Nithyananda believes that we have the ability to levitate, but this ability has been lost over time.
To truly complete the practice of levitating, we first need to reach a higher level of consciousnesses.
Everyone has the ability, we’ve just forgotten how to do it – so the truth is that it’s unlikely we’re going to float anytime soon.
It takes the experts years-and-years of intense meditation to master it – and even then, there have been questions raised about whether they truly can or not.
The world has changed, and so has our place in it. We take less time in caring for our minds, over completing the mindless chores of life.
Over time we, as human beings, have lost something. Throughout time, people understood the importance of being kind to your mind as well as to your body.
As the centuries have passed, we’ve lost sight of this, and as a result, our minds have suffered for it.
Experiences in meditation can help people to heal their minds, which can lead to self-enlightenment.
Whether you end up with that ‘float-like’ feeling or not, meditation is a great way to care for your mind.
Why Does My Body Tingle During Meditation?
We’re all full of energy – during meditation, it may feel like your head, fingers, toes, and other parts of your body are tingly, prickly, or itchy.
Don’t panic, you aren’t going mad. This is normal. It’s caused by the blood taking on more oxygen due to deepened and more rhythmic breathing.
Slower breathing equates to a slower heart rate, which can, in turn, make you tingly.
As we harness the energy, let it flow through our body and minds, then release it.
Experiencing tingling sensations during meditation is usually a good thing, as it shows that your body is reacting positively to what you’re doing.
However, sometimes this tingling during meditation means that there are some issues that you ought to rule out, such as high blood pressure, nervous system issues, or circulation problems.
If you do, in fact, have issues with these health problems, then your body’s energy is telling you to get it checked out.
Once you’ve ruled out these issues, then rest assured that the tingling is completely normal, and shows that your meditation experience is working.
The Crown Chakra
The main chakra energy center is in our head – therefore, during meditations, its common to feel tingling here.
Experiencing these tingling sensations in your crown chakra means that your energetic forces are most likely opening up to spiritual connections.
Allow this energy to flow through you and enlighten you with guidance and advice from your spirit guides.
This tingling sensation is there to remind you to open yourself up to the incoming energy and not accidentally close yourself up to the unseen forces trying to help you.
Tingling in your hands is common, as this is the gateway for you to send and receive energy.
While tingling in your throat is a message from your spirit guides to speak the truth.
Those words that pop into your head full of importance – speak them. You may just find your spoken words lead to a deep perspective on an issue you have.
Feelings During Meditation
During meditation, it’s normal to feel disjointed from the world – it’s similar to sleep, in that you go through a different experience to when you’re alert in the world.
In our everyday lives, we’re used to experiencing mental and physical connections.
But allowing your energy to free-flow through meditation will transport you to a whole new mental and physical realm.
And you don’t even have to psychically leave the room!
The Ability to Connect
You may feel like you’ll never be able to switch off from the stresses in your life.
You close your eyes and try to meditate, but your mind has other ideas.
Thoughts get stuck in your head:
Did I turn my straighteners off?
Is that work meeting on Wednesday or Thursday?
Did I pack yogurt in the kid’s lunches?
To truly benefit from meditation, you firstly need to learn how to push these thoughts from your head. Right now, they can wait.
Your experience with meditation might lead you to feel both a physical and mental connection with your inner self.
You’re not a robot – therefore, your mind needs time to process things.
Working on your ability to connect with yourself on a spiritual level means you can meditate without distractions.
Your experience of meditation could lead to improved concentration, which in turn means that worries over meetings and yogurts shouldn’t seem so impacting in your mind.
Why the ‘Floating in Water’ Feeling?
Tingling sensations are one thing, but now you’ve experienced that float in water sensation while meditating!
Okay, so this is strange…but what does it mean?
Known in Buddhism as piti, this uplifting sensation is full of promise and positivity.
For many who experience it, they long to feel this sensation again. While others find it very odd.
As well as that float in water sensation, some mediators have experienced intense tingling sensations similar to that of being tickled.
Floating Feeling While Meditating:
Keep calm! You’re not going mad!
That light as a feather feeling is a good sign – your body and mind are full of energy, and you’re benefiting from it.
Feeling light is always a good thing, as no one wants to feel like they’re carrying around a ton of heavy problems.
Sometimes all you need to do is take a step back from the stresses of life, meditate, and also allow yourself to learn from what you’ve experienced.
Don’t freak out! Instead, you should embrace this feeling and open up to the healing of your mind, body, and soul.
Even though the answers to everything we experience in life aren’t known – what we do know is that meditation has been practiced for thousands of years for a reason.
Take your pose, and see if you can reach that float like the state of being.