There are many sources that tell you the positive psychological and physical effects from meditation. Google the word "meditation" and you will find many of them. Articles I have written talk about some of these as well as others. Just look in the Meditation category and you will find them. These sources often don't tell some of the specific things you may experience as a result of meditation, so when they happen you don't know if you are imagining things or doing something wrong. To save you some trouble, and to let you know when you are experiencing results from your meditation, here is a list of some things I have experienced.
- The top of your head may become numb or experience a tingling sensation.
- Sometimes your skin feels silky smooth and sensitive. Any touch to it is pleasurable.
- Your body may feel as if it is expanding and opening up, especially in the area of your head.
- You may feel sensations in your groin area or spine. Sometimes it is as if energy is being pumped from the base of your spine and out of your head.
- If you focus on a specific area of your body, you may feel a vibration or tingling in that area.
- If you are seated in a sitting position, you may spontaneously begin sitting straighter, as if an outside force is pulling you up by your head.
- Your breathing cycle may become deeper, longer, or stop without your feeling any deprivation
- You may experience a lightening of the field of vision to the point of it becoming white, even with your eyes closed.
- You may see what appears to be a falling snow.
- You may be 'spacey' after a period of meditation. You can find it difficult to focus on daily life, or to do any disciplined thinking
- You may experience an intense state of euphoria and contentment. "God is in his heaven and all is right with the world."
- You may feel energized. If it is bedtime, you can have trouble getting to sleep and find that you awaken after each dream cycle.
- The veil between sleeping and waking consciousness thins. Dreams are easier to remember, and easier to understand. Lucid dreaming becomes more frequent.
- Your need for sleep may decrease.
- Your appetite may decrease, or increase.
- You may experience hot flashes (even if you are a young man).
- You may hear strange sounds that don't happen physically. There may be a buzzing, droning, or thunder.
- You may feel a vibration in your body, especially your head. If you've ever been shocked, it feels like that but without the pain. The vibration may feel like it is a low frequency or a high frequency.
As I said, the purpose of this list is to let you know some of the things you may experience. Not everyone experiences all of them, and some are more frequent with specific types of meditation. If you don't experience them, don't feel as if you are doing something wrong. The purpose of meditation isn't psychophysical experiences such as these. The purpose of meditation is to become more conscious. Most of these experiences are simply signposts on the way that may, or may not occur.