eye movement during meditation

  • During my past several meditation sessions, which have been getting a little longer (approx 20 minutes now), I have noticed that my eyes twitch and move involuntarily -- it feels similar to the eye movements you can see when people are in REM sleep.



    As far as my meditation is concerned, it feels very distracting -- it typically occurs when I feel like I'm on the precipice of deeper concentration, but it results in so much motion and tension that it typically breaks my concentration.



    Has anyone else encountered this before? After googling around, I found one meditator explain that this was a sign of slipping into "trance," not of deeper concentration. Is that a thing? Any thoughts on remedies? Thanks!


    Question: are your eyes open or closed? I have been having the same thing happen to me (eyes open), and it always seems just at the precipice of getting deeper into that concentration state. I don't have a lot of experience so I was wondering if it was a neurological thing specific to me, or just to be expected with concentration meditation. I also notice that it coincides with the peripheral objects (those objects I am NOT concentrating on) starting to fade out or become distinctly surreal.

    Eyes closed. It's been getting better as I train myself to notice it, but not get caught up in it

    Any update on how it goes, Ian? I started to experience the same eye movement in my last couple of meditation sessions. It comes when I reach a deeper state of concentration and reminds me of REM sleep movements as well (eyes closed too). I can deal with it for some minutes, although it's a bit uncomfortable. Did not find much about it on the web.. Have you trained to not let it happen? Thanks!

    Yeah, I've definitely learned to ignore it. Now I don't even notice it, and it doesn't really happy as much anyway. I guess that's the point of meditation-- you learn to deal with a lot of minor annoyances, and get to much deeper truths as a result :)

  • rob_mtl

    rob_mtl Correct answer

    6 years ago

    If you feel alert, and not sleepy or distracted while it happens, it may be one of the things that naturally occurs as you start to get deeper concentration.



    A number of vaguely unpleasant experiences can spring up- aches, itching, etc.; they come with the territory, and aren't problems in and of themselves, although they may feel frustrating when you're starting to enjoy the sense of concentration.



    Take note that it happens, and take note of the feelings of frustration or distraction as they emerge. If you have time, see if you can sit until you get to the other side of it; but don't worry too much if you can't, right away. It's likely a sign that you're doing well, believe it or not.


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