Problems associated with meditationPosted: August 29, 2014
Lomas, T., et al. (2014). A Qualitative Analysis of Experiential Challenges Associated with Meditation Practice. Mindfulness, 1-13. Full text.
Abstract. Although empirical interest in meditation has flourished in recent years, few studies have addressed possible downsides of meditation practice, particularly in community populations. In-depth interviews were conducted with 30 male meditators in London, UK, recruited using principles of maximum variation sampling, and analysed using a modified constant comparison approach.
Having originally set out simply to inquire about the impact of various meditation practices (including but not limited to mindfulness) on men’s wellbeing, we uncovered psychological challenges associated with its practice. While meditation was generally reported to be conducive to wellbeing, substantial difficulties accounted for approximately one quarter of the interview data. Our paper focuses specifically on these issues in order to alert health professionals to potential challenges associated with meditation.
Four main problems of increasing severity were uncovered: Meditation was a…
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