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Why meditation is not for everyone, it is a good idea

Meditation has a lot of advantages. Nevertheless, it has been hours and hours in the silence of a kiss is not the solution for everyone. Quite to the contrary. Without proper guidance, it can psychologically fragile people can be risky.

The list of positive effects from meditation goes on and on. Thus, it can help to reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and depressive symptoms, and allows for more focus and concentration and improve emotional balance. For people with chronic diseases and can even alleviate the pain.

Thus it is not surprising, therefore, that meditation as it is popular or not. Recent figures are not available, however, in a study that the NRC, in 2015, it did so, it was found that 16 to 21 percent of the Dutch people are sometimes meditation.

Also, this is from the buddhist-derived meditation process not only for private life; major corporations such as Google and Facebook and encourage their employees to use during working hours, to meditate.

Meditation, coupled with a fear of

To Marieke de Goeij (38) from Amsterdam, the netherlands, is to meditate, to become a daily ritual. If it is at all possible, meditate every day a quarter of an hour. A couple of years ago, she suffered from various anxiety symptoms. “I had a grip on my mind, totally lost,” she says. “At one point, I was convinced that I was going mad and in an institution, it would end up.”

Now she tries through meditation to avoid it so far, but at the time, had the idea for a moment of silence and a cushion to sit her in fear. “When you meditate, you are alone with your thoughts,” explains De Goeij. “To me, at the same time, dismayed that I had at that time did not think of wanted to be alone.”

“If you’re really anxious to feel those feelings, especially when it is to meditate, to come to the surface.”
Anne Speckens, professor of psychiatry,

A professor of psychiatry and director of the Radboudumc, Anne Speckens, acknowledges that meditation is not for everyone, at any time, the perfect solution is. “If you’re really anxious to feel those feelings, especially when it is to meditate, to come to the surface.”

This means that you may not be able to meditate if you have anxiety symptoms? No, no. Interestingly enough, you need to understand that by meditating, even for those symptoms to come.

“It works like this”, said Speckens. “We have the tendency of our thoughts to us. When these thoughts are with us on the go, it can lead to anxiety and / or depression. Mindfulness helps to stand back from our emotions and our thoughts. Because of this, they make you less likely to get upset.”

If you have thoughts during meditation and be with you on the go, it can lead to anxiety and / or depression. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Mindfulness vs meditation

Furthermore, according to the Speckens however, it is essential to make a distinction between mindfulness and meditation. “Mindfulness is the capacity to be present in the here-and-now, and you have to be aware of all the feelings, thoughts, and observations that you have observed.” She goes on to say: “Meditation is the method by which this skill can be developed.”

Do you have a lot of fears and anxiety? Then it suggests to the professor in order to have a consistent way to meditate is to begin with. Also, De Goeij did it that way. Due to its old and meditationteacher, she won the meditation, little by little, yet again.

If there are no impulses from the outside, it will get your imagination plenty of space. This can result in unusual sensations and sometimes hallucinations.”
Anne Speckens, professor of psychiatry,

“Who have assisted me over the phone,” says Goeij. “For example, is to say that while I was washing the dishes in the feel of the warm water had to be focused on.” In that way it was Goeij, very slowly, the grip on her heart again. “If I was going to have to meditate, at that time, it will only get worse now.”

Extremely long, it may lead to hallucinations’

And that’s what Speckens exactly is the danger of the increasingly popular ten-day Vipassana meditation retreats. Here you will meditate every day for ten hours in complete silence. “People who have a negative experience with meditation, that usually in the course of this retreat,” said Speckens.

That’s according to the Speckens, not only because of the quality of these recollections is not checked, but it’s also because of the fantasy, by for days on end, in silence, to sit and be pretty wild animals. If there are no impulses from the outside, it will need to have fun with all of the space,” she says. “This can lead to unusual sensations and sometimes hallucinations.”

People with mental health problems who want to get started with meditation or mindfulness encourages Speckens, so we are to refer to the doctor or take a course to seek out on the web site of the Association of Mindfulness Based Trainers in the Netherlands (VMBN). “And then you will know for sure that you are accompanied by a qualified instructor.”

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