m2I learnt the act of meditation at a time in my life when I lacked direction. Things were going wrong for me. I was bitter, angry, sad, and suicidal. It was hard for me to see the reasons to keep living. Then, I started seeing a therapist. The sessions were boring to me. Two months of therapy with no positive result, I was done. I told my therapist that I was not coming back for any session. I went home, and I switched on my laptop.  It was time for me to find a solution to my problem. I was ready to give life a chance. After several hours of researching, I found it! I discovered “Meditation” just like that.

Meditation changed my life. By meditating, I connected back to my pure self. I learnt how to be happy unconditionally. Most importantly, I learnt how to be in control of negative emotions. The simplest way for me to explain the “meditation” we are discussing today is this: Meditation is a state where you disconnect from your physical surrounding, and you experience the core of the consciousness within. This was the experience I had. I disconnected from my physical world, and I found purpose from the world within me. Meditation is not attributed to any religion; it is purely scientific. Meditation has principles to follow, and techniques to apply to achieve the kind of results you have heard. Let us discuss some top meditation techniques below:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: This is also known as Open Monitoring. It is a condition where you focus on everything that is going on in your mind as a third party. You are an observer in your mind. In this process, you do not have to restrict your mind from wandering; you will just have to detach yourself from having any emotional attachment to your mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation will make you understand the quick judgmental approach of humans to a situation.
  • Focused Attention: Here, you have to stay fixated on a particular thing for a period. It can be a candle flame, your breath or you can keep repeating a single word. You could start with a few minutes of concentration, and then improve on it. The goal of focused attention is to help you develop the ability to focus irrespective of the distraction around you. It requires a lot of mental strength.
  • Effortless Transcendental Meditation: The only thing that is needed of you in this method is the clearing of your mind. You have to transition yourself to a blank state where you have no single thought. People usually refer to this technique as a brain bath. The aim is to help you recognize your real self. The reward is a state of emptiness where nothing is happening. People have reported that the nothingness makes them feel great.
  • Metta Meditation: This is also referred to as Loving-Kindness or Compassion meditation. The aim of this technique is to teach you how to love everybody without any condition. The first step is for you to learn to love yourself. After you can love yourself, then you will learn to direct those feelings to others. To perform this technique, close your eyes and sit in a comfortable position. You will have to use your mind to create a feeling of unconditional love for yourself. With time, you will know how to send and receive the feeling. After getting a hang on loving yourself, you will learn to direct the feelings to your loved ones, and to the whole world. This technique rewards you with a constant feeling of undiluted happiness.

There are no best techniques to meditations. Each will have to find the one that works best for them. Some people may have to practice different techniques till they discover the one that will not endanger them.

Five Hidden Dangers Of Meditation You Should Know

The widespread belief about meditation is that it has only benefits. That is not true. Before you get too deep in meditation, I want you to know some hidden dangers about it that are not often discussed:

  • Recurring Trauma: Meditation has a way of bringing up the past. For a mediator that had a traumatic experience in the past, the trauma will likely be re-awakened. The person will have to relive the whole event again. The recurring distress will come with all its psychological effects such as anger, bitterness, resentment, and for some, suicide attempts. If a person is not properly monitored during these recurring psychological effects of the trauma, the individual can have permanent emotional damage.
  • Amplified Emotions: A mediator is at risk of magnified emotions. It will be as if a loudspeaker is attached to their feelings. Their sadness is often magnified to depression, and joy is extreme. The danger in this is for individuals that experience more of negative emotion. For someone who is prone to anger, it will likely turn to uncontrollable rage. This kind of mediators should beware amplified emotions.
  • Detachment From The World: There are some meditation techniques that advice the individual to disconnect from the world around them and focus on their inner world. This method is recommended for dealing with some situations. For someone who makes it a continuous practice, it is dangerous. Constant detachment method may result in the mediator feeling less human. The person feels as if he is no longer part of this world and with time, he will not be able to relate well with people.
  • Mood Swings: People believe that meditation will help in stabilizing your moods. In fact, the reverse is the case in most individuals. A person that is experiencing mood swings due to meditation may be calm and friendly this minute, yet the next minute, he is aggressive and cold.
  • Hallucinations: This is also one of the dangers of meditation. It is mostly common in people who had a history of mental illness. However, it is not limited to this group of people. It can occur in individuals that spend too much time in isolation and meditating. Some persons experience Visual hallucinations. They see things that are not in existence or just some random rays of light. For others, they will claim to be hearing voices. This is called Auditory hallucinations. If you are experiencing any of these, you are in danger.

Bottom Line

From the discussion above, you should be able to determine the medication technique that suits your personality, and present situation. The hidden dangers are not to scare you; they are supposed to be your guiding lights. You now know the behaviors that could signify dangers of meditation. Most importantly, you know when to get help. Meditation is good if you do it right.

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