I grew up in a religious community, studied 11 years in a Catholic school exclusively for girls. Basically, I knew who God was growing up. In high school, I would pass by the school's chapel everyday before entering our classroom. I did that everyday, except for those times when I'd arrive late for school.
After high school, I entered a non-sectarian school for my college in the year 2007. We seldom had masses or any religious activities aside from annual retreats. I found myself slowly fading away from God.
Then, in the year 2010, a life changing event happened to me. This certain event, which I wouldn't want to disclose, made me more and more religious. I'd pray fervently to God, visit St. Pio's Shrine, attend novenas and get the feeling of excitement every time I'm on my way to hear mass. Sometimes, I get surprised by how devoted I am/wanna be with my faith and my God.
I'm saying this just to give you an overview of my religious life/views. I love God and I will always be proud of this.
Getting back to my story, after I became more and more religious, I noticed something different happening to me. Each time I am inside the church, usually while singing the Lord's Prayer, I'd feel tightness, heaviness and tingling sensation in the left side of my chest. I never feel this elsewhere. I don't feel this when I run, exercise or do extraneous activities. I only feel this inside the church, usually during singing the Lord's Prayer.
Just last week, while having Novena in St. Therese Child of Jesus, I felt the same tightness and heaviness in the left side of my chest. It lasted for 10 minutes with variation in severity.
Few weeks ago I had my ECG and it was all normal. I don't have any history of heart problem. And even if I do, why do I only feel this inside the church (with proper ventilation) and most usually during the Lord's Prayer?
I don't know exactly what's going on with me or if there's anyone out there with the same spiritual experience. Right now, for me, I see it as God's way of hugging my heart tightly, telling me that everything's going to be okay...
Anyone out there experiencing "The Lord's hug" too?