I’ve learned a lot from my research about meditation. It was easy to find benefits of meditation, but the struggle was finding consequences. Some of the consequences that I did find, however, were releases of hidden and traumatizing memories (rape/abuse/etc.) and feelings of guilt and disassociation. In such a relaxed state, people have reported feelings of panic and anxiety. One thing to note is that this source was not found on a research based website, but instead a woman citing other sources. Some additional benefits I found on Pioneer are that meditation can drastically improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors. Women who meditated reported feeling less stressed and having less pain. Their physical and emotional pain had a statistically significant reduction. Another benefit I found on Pioneer was that for dementia caregivers, meditation was beneficial. “Of the meditation group, 65.2% showed 50% improvement on the Hamilton Depression Rating scale and 52% of the participants showed 50% improvement on the Mental Health Composite Summary score.” As my thesis stated, it appears meditation is amazing for us.

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2 Comments
  1. Ashton 9 months ago

    This is very interesting and informational. I have always been a huge supporter of meditation but I never thought about the fact that it could have negative side effects. Maybe they could be not negative at all and are good because it’s a way of dealing with repressed memories. Sometimes that can be a healing experience. I don’t know, I’m not a psychologist. Interesting article, thanks for sharing:)

  2. Natalya 9 months ago

    Hi Lily,

    I thought it was very interesting that you found some negative side effects of meditation. I hadn’t thought of things like trauma memories resurfacing, that’s pretty crazy. Meditation is definitely something I’ve been thinking of looking into! Thank for your input.

    Natalya

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