🧘 Can I move or scratch an itch while meditating?
Fortunately, the purpose of meditation is not to just sit there like a stone and be unresponsive. We’re cultivating the ability to discern what to respond to (and what to simply watch pass by). So, instead of automatically scratching the itch, notice the impulse. Notice that you have a choice. It’s likely that if you simply observe the itch, it will go away. Maybe you do need to scratch it — just do it with full awareness. We’re just trying to reduce the automatic responses. Dan and Joseph Goldstein talk more about this in Session 5 of The Basics course on the app.