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Is Meditation Really for Everyone?

by Bridget

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Similar to my experiencewith grateful rehearsal, when I moved to the Bay Area more than 20 year ago, I spotted it to be occupied by a great number of meditators, many of whom were elicited to explain how wonderful their rule was and to share it with me. So over the years I tried it several times, in ashrams, seminars, sitting on the shores of Lake Anza, near the priorities in a slope on a trail in Claremont Canyon, set on a bolster in my bedroom …. But I never spotted my space into it. Lucky for me, I have found that an inwardly-focused movement practice gives me a same ensue to what I listen others knowing with reflection. So while I’m glad I found a road in through yoga, I merely haven’t managed to find a flow with meditation.

Meditation is generally thought of as a channel to serene the memory, and it runs wonders for a lot of beings, but recently I was interested to read an article Mindfulness and meditation can degenerate sadnes and feeling that discusses about the possibility of meditation not working for everyone, precisely for people who experience depression. In fact, the author notes 😛 TAGEND

“About one in 12 people who try meditation experience an unwanted negative impacts, often a worsen in depression or anxiety, or even the onslaught of these conditions for the first time, according to the first systematic review of the evidence.”

That sounds like a lot, right? But the author too excerpts Katie Sparks, a chartered psychologist and are part of the British Psychological Society, who explains why this might be true 😛 TAGEND

“Meditation has been found to help people to tighten and refocus and help them both mentally and physically. But sometimes when people are trying to still their estimations, the recollection can “rebel”. It’s like a backfire to the attempt to control the mind, and this results in an incident of suspicion or depression.”

Another topic under this heading is the idea that certain prescriptions should not be mingled with musing. Dr. Lynn Anjali Somerstein, who is a licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist, addressed this subject, in response to a reader’s question, now on the Yoga for Healthy Aging Blog. She shows both working with your doctor and an experienced meditation teacher to be sure there are some safes in place( click here for Lynn’s blog post ). She also recommends several records for starting your research, if you’re interested in learning more.

All of this to say that, while meditation can bring enormous convenience to many beings, it might not be for everyone. I still haven’t written it off my roster wholly, but if I go back in, it will be under the guidance of a very experienced teacher.

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