Contraindication of Vipassana Meditation
The recent finding that some people encounter unexpected difficulties, distressing, functionality, and impairing effects after Vipassana meditation sessions or retreats.
Even though there are already existing pieces of literature that focuses primarily on the benefits of Vipassana and other meditation practice, that’s not all. Some studies also claim that Vipassana has its contraindications. However, you cannot compare between the negative and positive effects. Here are some contraindications of Vipassana you need to know. Emotional experiences While most people love the insightfulness and clearness that comes with Vipassana meditation, some find the changes to capture the intensity, type, and frequency of emotion. The changes may lead to panic, fear, and anxiety and in some cases, paranoia. However, most people use Vipassana to interpret their emotions through a positive valence, revisiting traumatic memories, agitation, irritability, anger, and involuntary crying or laughter may lead to depressive symptoms, doubt, and self-conscious emotions. As this happens, you need to stop your Vipassana class or retreat. Cognitive experiences Cognitive experience refers to mental experiences. Vipassana meditation is known for its ability to help you focus. It triggers your mental functioning, including planning, decision-making, memory, content, and thoughts. Depending on the intensity and intersection of your daily practices, you can experience either negative or positive results. Some of the contraindications of Vipassana when it comes to cognitive experiences include disintegration and disconnections between a person’s perception and thoughts. Also, others may experience delusions, irrationals, paranormal beliefs which may confuse. Social changes Social changes can include interpersonal functioning and activities. While the work of Vipassana is to improve your social life by gaining clarity on your current state, that’s not always the case. Studies have reported “extraversion and valuing of relationships” and estrangement. Others report social destabilization because you have to be salient for several days. Sense of self changes Participants of Vipassana retreats claim that their perception or self-world boundaries changed after their Vipassana retreats. The blissful and euphoric experiences change your sense of self and lead to loss of ownership and agency. Though people experiencing a sense of self changes after Vipassana are fewer, the fact that it’s happening means you should avoid the sessions once it starts to happen. Changes like general re-writing or alteration of your personal life should not be ignored either. Perceptual experience Vipassana is known to help rebalance and create a new perspective about life and things that matters in your life. Sometimes it includes every aspect of your life, but not every little detail. A common contraindication of Vipassana in the perceptual experience which involves your five senses. Once you experience a change in sound, light, and sensation, you need to speak with your instructor immediately. Some perceptual contraindication includes visual perceptions like the dissolution of perceptual objects. Some experience Illusions and hallucinations, and other delusional beliefs. Are there benefits of Vipassana? Vipassana is not for everyone. That’s the reason why you need to find out first if Vipassana is for you or not. Some of the benefits you will experience during a Vipassana session or retreat include: • Arises your breathing awareness naturally • Access your subconscious mind • Clear thought and quiet down mind chatter. • Lead to super levels of creativity • Leads to powerful intuition, super restorative and powerful insight to your inner thoughts • Enhance connection to living things, love, and compassion • Lead to super mental awareness Vipassana meditation is limitless. It indeed has its contraindications. But it has more and superior benefits than the contraindications.By focusing your attention to the present moment, it allows you to go deep into your subconscious mind. It also helps you reach another level of spirituality, emotions, mental and physical awareness, but only for those who don’t experience contraindications.