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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Meditation Not All Sweetness and Light

Individuals who practice meditation may have unexpected, challenging, distressing, and even functionally impairing experiences, new research shows.

The challenging aspects of Buddhist-derived meditation practices are well described in Buddhist tradition but are less so in Western scientific literature, the researchers note.

"Certainly, we are not trying to detract from the fact that there are a lot of benefits of meditation, and that's been pretty well documented, but just because something is beneficial doesn't mean that we should remain unaware of the full range of possibilities," Jared Lindahl, PhD, visiting assistant professor, Brown University Cogut Center for the Humanities, in Providence, Rhode Island, told Medscape Medical News.


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