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Scared during meditation

Hi Deepak Thank you. Your words had transformed me a lot from being a pessimist to a great optimist. I had read most of your books and your "Super Brain" made an excellent shift in my mind-body-life level. I started meditating since 2011 with the guided meditations from Slowly, I started to meditate without any audio guidance. I am not consistent with the method of meditation. On a heavy work day I meditate just before going to sleep in my bed with a relaxing awareness. Most of the days I do by sitting on my Yoga mat. However the time is always the same. Yesterday when I was doing a breathing meditation, my breathing became rigorous and a sense of numbness was spreading in my body. When it became more intense, I slowed down my breath. But my body was still vibrating. And the thing why I explaining all these here is that I was scared. I was struggling to come back. My question: Why I become scared during meditation? Meditation is known to give peace and relaxation. And is a well known method to supreme consciousness. But why the beginning experience is frightening me? Please help!


Before supreme consciousness dawns, the old accumulated dark fears need to be dispelled. That is what your body is releasing with the numbness, and the fear. Treat these feelings and sensations as mere thoughts that pop up in meditation and allow your attention to easily return to your practice. They will fade in time as the underlying fears are cleared away.


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Hello Deepak,

i have been meditating for now 2 months to help reduce my anxiety and intrusive thoughts . But the more i meditate, the more the thoughts appear, especially as nightmares during my sleep. Your advice is appreciated.
Evian - May 15, 2015
Indeed, the questioner is NOT aware that he was about to have a conscious Out-of-Body experience...That is EXACTLY what was happpening!!!...In my experience, I was able to pass through the Biblical \'Valley of The Shadow of Death\'...Not only that, I saw my own body on the bed (not once)...And some more...
Selaasie Hiadzi - July 8, 2013
I find that through meditation I have learnt patience, this learning of patience has helped with the meditation. Don`t give up your meditation, it helps to answer all your questions, also, regular practice helps with discipline. Try to meditate every day, with patience, it becomes second nature, also, the more you learn, the easier and more exciting the meditation becomes :)
Ronnie - July 8, 2013
Elida Del Milagro Peña García - July 7, 2013
Hola Deepak Gracias. Sus palabras me habían transformado mucho de ser un pesimista a un gran optimista. Había leído la mayoría de sus libros y su \"Super Brain\" hizo un excelente cambio en mi nivel de mente, cuerpo y vida. Comencé a meditar desde 2011 con las meditaciones guiadas de Poco a poco, empecé a meditar sin ninguna guía audio. Yo no soy consistente con el método de la meditación. En un día de trabajo pesado medito antes de ir a dormir en mi cama con una conciencia relajada. La mayoría de los días me hacen al sentarse en mi yoga mat. Sin embargo, el tiempo es siempre el mismo. Ayer cuando estaba haciendo una meditación en la respiración, mi respiración se hizo más rigurosa y una sensación de entumecimiento se extiende en mi cuerpo. Cuando se hizo más intenso, se ralentizó el aliento. Pero mi cuerpo todavía estaba vibrando. Y lo que explica por qué todo esto es que me daba miedo. He tenido problemas para volver. Mi pregunta es: ¿Por qué me convierto miedo durante la meditación? Meditat ...\nCafeterías Ver más
Sandra Yanet Oviedo - July 7, 2013
Awesome, answers my queries too....
Urmill Wadhwa - July 7, 2013
Thanks for this nice tip i prefer your method: S.T.O.P while feel any uncomfort during meditation.
Vasant Maheshwary - July 6, 2013
I have been experiencing this....thanks for the answer to a question I\'ve had for awhile now.
Marilyn Mallary - July 5, 2013