Can Meditation have Negative Side Effects?

According to Roger Walsh, “Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.”

Also defined as: “Meditation refers to a family of self-regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby foster general mental well-being and development and/or specific capacities such as calm, clarity, and concentration”

We are all aware of the positive effects of meditation and mindfulness.

Mediation, however, also has some negative side effects attached to it (as experienced by some practitioners).

The Insider enlists these seven side effects –

  • It may prompt negative thinking.
  • Your sensory perception might change.
  • Motivation may go right out the window.
  • You might re-live negative memories and emotions.
  • You might experience some physical side effects.
  • It might damage your sense of self.
  • You may become antisocial.

There’s much evidence indicating that meditation can lift your mood, improve your focus, and help with stress management. And there is no denying that. Nevertheless, many people have also reported mild to severe negative side-effects of meditation. Read on…


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