A sneezing fit is probably one of the most emphatic ways of interrupting a meditation. This happened to me a little earlier. I was deeply engaged in a breathing meditation, following my breath into and out of my nostrils, when I felt that telltale tingling at the tip of my nose. I knew where it was heading - there is nothing quite so compelling as a sneeze. The nose starts a tingling, the world momentarily stops spinning, the head leans back - and bamm! It hits you like a train.
It's the start of the cold and flu season so sneezing fits are only to be expected. I've been in this situation so many times before that I've lost count, but today I decided to play things a little differently. Instead of a sneezing fit interrupting the meditation, I made it a central feature of the meditation. Sneezing itself became the meditation. So next time you feel compelled to sneeze why not follow these ideas for meditating on your snuffles?
This sneezing meditation can be adapted to any scenario your body might conjure up. Aches, pains, cramps.... they can all act as work benches for the meditative mind.