My experience happened after I read A New Earth by Eckhart tolle. I had watched the webcasts he did with Oprah Winfrey. One of the things Eckhart explains is to feel whatever you are feeling fully in the moment as this is fully accepting the present moment as it is. Well I began to do this and to observe my thoughts as often as possible.
I went on a night out with friends as you do, plenty of drink, was drunk. The next morning I had the most awful hangover ever. I felt so full of anxiety I though I was going to have a panic attack. I thought to myself I shall do what Eckahrt had explained and try to feel this fully instead of resisting it. I started to breath into the feeling and feel it as much as I could. After about 20 minutes I suddenly felt what I can only describe as my body being emptied. It began at my toes and went slowly up to my head. My body felt completely empty. My anxiety, everything, I was feeling had gone, in fact there were no emotions there at all, my mind had completely stopped, there were no thoughts. Yet I was still there. Just like a presence. It happened twice to me that day. It was an amazing experience. I know now for a fact that we are not our thoughts or our feelings or emotions, what so many spiritual teachers tell us.
That was about a year ago now I haven't had that particular experience again but when I meditate I get what I can't only describe as surges of amazing peace throughout my body, It doesn't last for long maybe a few seconds. But I'm thankful for them few seconds. If anyone has had similar experiences to these it would be great to hear about it.
Thank you Sharon