I can elaborate, in the quote here you mention
The cases I see meditation having negative effects usually involve meditating for the wrong reasons: the belief that "there's something wrong with me, and I have to un-wrong myself by meditating."
A more healthy attitude IMO is to meditate because you love connecting with the stillness that underlies all experience but usually goes unnoticed. Or curiosity about the nature of awareness, self, and the mind. If meditation isn't done in a loving/fun way, I think it's better not to do it at all.
Negative affects being due to ‘wrong reason to meditate’ it is laying blame upon the person choosing.
Brain chemistry is changed with meditation, maybe initial benefits but as previously mentioned meditation is simply the lesser functioning brain, I myself prefer human functioning as it naturally is, I let it do what it needs to do minus an intervention such as meditation.
Many people, especially today, are not accessing meditation from the p perspectives quoted above, but that does not = the reason for its failures, which are for the majority, serious in nature.
Unless you are involved in a lineage that requires, why would meditation long term enter anyone’s life? There is no need.
For passing mystical experience, there is contagion with the teacher maybe, but long term? No need. Paying? No need.
The problems of life you mention are are dealt with separately. Societies today recommend meditation, even for young people and children. I feel these recommendations dangerous, like I said previously, it’s like smoking, one day there will be warnings about it everywhere.
Our brains are so delicate, I think that they do what they need to do with the environment, which can either spur an action in a person to make a positive change their lives if it’s needed. Or, to sit in acceptance and meditation and adapt. I know which I choose and of course others are free to choose for themselves. Some things, they are just not for accepting. Practice, the ‘illusion’ of life drama aside.
Let’s say for a fictional instance I have a neighbour who is bringing home loud parties, meditation won’t help that.. and I cannot use a healing modality or system of magic (both methods of need to control) to remove the neighbour, however my acting in the world for me will. Fight or flight maybe be repeatedly there, til I get my ass out of the situation, it is a helper, and if it’s not, then I might want to look at why I’ve switched that function off in meditation and ended up enduring a problem for much longer than I should have, which then is contributing to poor mental health.
Meditation is not what it is cracked up to be, those are my old wise words to my younger self if I had the faculty to tell me :-).. and for me, I entered in through playful enquiry and with the help of contagion.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/05/2020 02:05AM by facet.