When Your Heartbeat Makes You Feel Anxious During Meditation, Do This

There was a great story on Radiolab about Summer Ash, whose heartbeat became really loud and powerful after her heart surgery.

So loud that it could be heard by a microphone a few feet away. So powerful that if she rests her chest on a table, a glass of water will ripple like the scene from Jurassic Park.

She would feel every single beat of her heart during the day, and sometimes it was so loud at night it would wake her up. And this continual awareness of her heartbeat made her feel really anxious.

This is actually a common problem during meditation, especially for young people. (It seems that as you age, your awareness of your heartbeat diminishes.)

You’ve probably developed negative associations with feeling your heartbeat, because...

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Published in Elephant Journal