Merry meet to all!
While reading the news this morning, I chanced across a very interesting article in the BBC
The article- How too much mindfulness can spark anxiety- discusses that while meditation is a popular way to reduce negative feelings- it can in some cases actually increase the negative emotions we are trying to free ourselves from.
A quick summary of the article:
The article discusses how some people experience negative effects after meditating, various forms of meditation, potential ways that meditation can backfire (such as focusing too hard or overly blunting emotions), and suggests ways to make your meditative routine work for you and your mental health.
TLDR: The overarching message of the article is that if your meditative practice is bringing you more stress than it alleviates- it’s time to try something new.
“We should really honour the diversity of contemplative practices that are available, because they all do different things, and people would have a much better chance of matching what they need, if they had a bigger buffet of choices.”
Each person should choose the best technique – and the correct “dose” – for their particular situation, rather than doggedly pursuing a plan that is not working."
The Many Forms of Meditation
Meditation is as diverse as the people who practice is- so if you find that the type of meditation you have tried isn’t working for you, consider trying a new form!
Here are just a few types of meditation (loosely sorted into categories) that you might experiment with:
Focusing on your own thoughts, emotions, and feelings
Focusing on an external entity- such as an object, person, or situation
Clearing your mind of all thoughts- both positive and negative
Meditation in Movement
Focusing on the movement of your body
Learning to Meditate
Different meditation practices will be easier or harder depending on the individual. If you find yourself struggling to focus and getting lost in negative thoughts of anxiety- take back control of your meditative experience!
Meditation takes time to become a helpful habit. Here are a few resources that may prove helpful for those learning:
For current meditation practitioners and beginners alike, there is a weekly group meditation ritual every Thursday held in the forum. Check the Activities Category to find details about this week’s gathering!
Do you meditate? What types of meditation have you tried- and would you recommend them?
Feel free to share your personal meditative journey and past experiences with your coven!
Blessed be and Happy Meditating!