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A Pain in the Neck (Literally)
I'm having a problem with my practice which is minor in itself, but could have very serious implications. In short, I've been significantly increasing my meditation time recently (from zero to about two and a half hours a day), and I have moderate pain in my neck and minor pain in my shoulders towards the end of my sessions. I think my posture's pretty good, so I don't think that's the source of the problem. Now, about the implications: the reason they're serious is because I'm fairly sure that my sitting is the only buffer against major insomnia. And I've had problems with insomnia in the past which have eventually led to very serious mental health issues. So I think it's extremely important to deal with this neck/shoulder pain as soon as possible.
I've noted that if I just bow my head a little more than usual, which is technically not the posture that I should be following, the pain immediately goes away. Do you all think I should just do that? And if so, how soon should I do it after the pain appears? Should I just be mindful of the pain (i.e., incorporate it into my practice) until it becomes unbearable for me to keep the posture? Or should I immediately bow my head when it appears? Any other suggestions/comments are of course appreciated.
Thanks very much for reading, and I really hope you can get back to me very soon with answers; this situation is extremely scary for me.