Adverse (Side) Effects

adverse side effects meditationIndex of my posts on adverse or side effects of meditation practices.

Adverse (side) effects

Psychological problems

The negative (adverse) effects of meditation have been known and discussed in the Eastern traditions, mostly Buddhism. Numerous Buddhist texts (of which I have to find English translations) describe known psychological problems from meditation. Many of the meditation texts warn against “sleeping sickness” or “lung”. These “sicknesses” could be debilitating and sometimes fatal. Though rare, at least rarely reported in the West, we need more research into the negative effects, especially of meditators who practice for long durations at a time or intensely.

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