Meditation and mindfulness can be extremely rewarding for the practitioner, offering many benefits that improve emotional health and a deeper understanding of one’s mind. Many of these benefits come from challenging our assumptions and understanding. This can ultimately be very enriching but sometimes we encounter challenges that may prove more difficult to work with on our own.
If you are experiencing more serious challenges in your life, meditation alone may well not be sufficient for your needs. Please seek appropriate support when necessary.
It is important to know that our events are not intended to offer help or treatment for mental health conditions. So, whilst a pre-existing mental health condition does not exclude anyone from attending a practice session or a retreat, if you have any doubts, it may be advisable to discuss the idea of participating in a meditation event with a mental health professional before attending.
Many people practise meditation without any ill effects but very occasionally people experience adverse effects from meditating, like:
- Increased anxiety, including panic attacks
- Deterioration of mood and worsening of depression
- Feelings of disorientation, dissociation, depersonalisation
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
- Lack of focus and hyperactive behaviour
- Remembering difficult or traumatic memories
- Feeling jittery, shaking,
- Sleep problems or hyperventilation
In general, if you notice that the practice of meditation is associated with you feeling unwell in any way or very different from your usual self, you should seek medical help.