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The Emotional Effects of Meditation

The Emotional Effects of Meditation

Even if you think you are not an emotional person, you are likely to feel worlds and worlds of emotional nuances during even a 20-minute meditation session.

You will sometimes find yourself feeling safe and snug during meditation, and at other times you will run through all of the emotions you experienced in the past day or two. Specifically, your body will bring up for your review every emotion that you felt but did not express completely.

Whatever your natural responses were during the day that you could not or chose not to express will flow through your body, and you will feel them. What happens is often like this:

One moment you are focusing on your breath, the next moment you are in the theater of your mind, watching a soap-opera-like scene from your day, and you are noticing feelings you had in your body that you didnít fully appreciate at the time. It could be anything. You might find yourself hearing an undertone of sorrow in your friendís voice, and your heart aches. You could realize that you were jealous of someone but you didnít admit it to yourself at the time. Or, on your mindís screen you might find yourself looking into the eyes of someone you love and realize with a pang that you havenít heard from or reached out to her in a long time – too long.

This catharsis is an inseparable part of meditation. In nature, as in the theater or the opera, all of that drama can intensify the feeling of relief.

Read more: Spirit, Guidance, Inspiration

Adapted from Whole Body Meditations, by Lorin Roche, Ph.D. (Rodale Press, 2002).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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1:33AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for article.

1:33AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for article.

1:32AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for article.

1:31AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for article.

1:30AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you for article.

4:29AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Thank you :)

6:38AM PDT on May 22, 2012

thx

8:28PM PDT on May 21, 2012

got to go back to serious meditation.

7:49AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Noted

4:17AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Couldn't gave said it better!

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