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The Side Effects of Meditation and You

Updated on September 7, 2012

The Subconscious is a Mirror


What Is Meditation?

Have you ever sat down under a tree, listening to the birds chirp, and just closed your eyes in a moment of peace? That is meditation - a peacefulness that grows inside of you without effort. Meditation is a state of relaxation where a person feels at one with the universe, God, and the connection between all living and non-living things. Many cultures and religions practice meditation in its many forms, from praying and reaching out to God to sitting in the lotus position and concentrating on a symbol or a chakra.

Why People Meditate

People meditate for many reasons. People in high stress jobs take 10 or 15 minutes a day to relax and meditate as a way to refocus on the work at hand and to relieve their work stress. Religious people will meditate to become one with God or to "know God." Becoming one with the universe and learning to sense the interconnectedness with all things is another common reason why people meditate. There are also people who practice magic. These people do what is called "armchair magic," and practice magic in their minds through a series of creative visualization and meditation. People also use mediation to heal themselves or others by sending healing vibrations or energies to the area that needs healing or to the person who has requested healing energies.

Feeling Spacey

A common side effect of meditating is feeling spacey, slow, or "out of it" after the person ends her or his mediation session. If this happens to you, try a grounding technique after each meditation session. Quick grounding techniques include placing your hands on the ground and letting the haziness flow out through your hands and into the ground while pulling crisp energy from the ground to reenergize yourself. Another way to break out of the haze is to hold your hands under cool water and splash some cool water onto your face. You will also want to try different breathing techniques to avoid the spaciness altogether.


Meditating releases so much pent of energy and memories that some people find themselves crying uncontrollably after meditating. If this happens to you, do not feel embarrassed. In fact, let yourself have a good cry. Sometimes you will know what it is your are crying about. If this is the case, think about what has made you cry and find someone to talk to about it. If you don't know why you are crying, work through it. Perhaps you have been experiencing so much stress that your psyche is using crying as a release.


Like crying, sometimes a person might start feeling depressed after meditating. Something is bothering her or him. It is recommended that the person explore what the trouble or problem is. Find someone to talk to about it. Acknowledge the depression and find a way to work through it.


There are times when you may experience a feeling of pain when meditating. The pain can be anywhere, from your big toe to the top of your head. When this happens, acknowledge the pain, don't run from it. Focus on the pain and gently let it break apart and go away. Another way to acknowledge pain while meditating is to send a blue healing light to the area of pain. Blue is a healing color and it will help soothe away the pain.

Overly Sensitive

When you open yourself up to God, the universe, or the super consciousness, you become more aware and sympathetic to the people around you. You begin to feel more and understand more. You also become more sensitive to people's actions and words. While empathy and sympathy are good traits, you must be prepared for people who will lash out at you and try to hurt you with their own moments of insensitivities. To avoid having yourself hurt by other people, you will need to learn to let go. For example, when I worked at the hospital, I had a patient who was in a serious car accident and, finding himself in a strange place, was scared. I felt sympathy for him, but he was understandably in a foul mood because of his fear and pain. He lashed out verbally at myself and the staff. Still feeling sympathy for the man, I let his angry words fall away from me. I did not take hold of the negativity, knowing that I would feel as he did if I were in his situation. Mediation makes you overly sensitive. The trick to dealing with it is to understand how to let go of the negativities that you face.

Other Meditation Side Effects

Anxiety, restlessness, procrastination, and aloofness are also known to be caused by meditation. If you feel anxiety or restless after meditating, practice a few yoga poses or simply take a walk. For those who suffer from procrastination or feel distant after meditating, taking walks are a helpful way to reenergize the body and get yourself moving again. Also, procrastination and aloofness are symptoms of avoidance. Think on what it is you are trying to avoid and learn to face the issue.


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      Alice 2 years ago

      This is really interesting. Meditation is something so deep. It brings up a lot of things, you would actually like to forget, because you´ve got all that time just to think and evaluate your current life situation. I find that music helps doing that, and it improves the depth of thought, while doing it. Here´s a youtube channel, which I find appropriate:

      Thank you for the Hub. The information is really useful.

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      Charles 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Meditation is the key I believe to accessing deeper truths of existence, but if done by people who have a lot of trauma or psychological baggage can actually be too unsettling. In those cases, therapy first...

      It made me think of meditation lessons they brought into a jail (here in the UK, I believe), but they had to stop them, as the inmates who joined in were worse afterwards and became more aggressive toward each other.

      Interesting hub, the title caught my attention!

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Hey liz. Following you like you are following me. Apparently we are both explorers of the human consciousness that are not afriad to speak our minds. You have hit on a subject that is close to my head and heart. I have advised many a friend through the years that you must take mental exercise as seriously as you would weightlifting or jogging. Just as physical expercise can stress or damage the heart, if one is not prepared for it...the mind and spirit are equally vulnerable if not more so. Also many cults use meditation to guide you and use that natrual human inner suggestability. The sad thing is that is not the worst example. Watch television every day and you see post hypnotic suggestion techniquest and content phrasing that is purposefully guiding us in quick daily minute by minute sporatic meditation states. Making us vote and buy lots of quarter pounders, rather than finding happiness, love, enlghtenment or at least getting better sleep. On the positive side I have know more people who successfully quite smoking and addictions using meditation than all the twelve step programs combined. You just have to know what you are doing to your body, mind and spirit. Great topic, excellent article, well written, glad to have you around the Hubs for 2012. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey


      This was interesting. I'm meditating for the second time in my life. The first was to relax more, as I have a chronic back issue. This time around I want to explore and have been studying metaphysical subjects. I sometimes feel shaky or even have tremors after meditating now. Someone told me it's metaphysical pain. I usually come out of it with a clear mind though. I may try your grounding exercise. Thanks for telling people that meditation does not follow any specific religion, as many people think it does.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a wonderful and practical hub. Voted up and useful. I've been a meditation teachen fo4 20 years, and yes, all these things do happen. And we can work through all of them. In my view, all these symptoms are signs of something that is coming up to be healed. With a bit of love for ourselves and gentle, clear self-care, we can heal deeply, growing in balanced strength and sensitivity. I'll be linking to this hub.

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      diplorging 5 years ago from Serbia

      I didn't know that there are side effects, and I have never expirience any of them, which is great:) But I don't really meditate that much, so I'm not the best example

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      I didn't realize there were negative effects associated with meditation. Fascinating info and something to be aware of before taking up meditation. Thanks for this helpful Hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never really meditated before, so I had no idea that some of these things might happen as a result. How interesting! Thanks for the overview and advice.

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      dariashakti 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very nice, good advice to share with novice meditators.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Wow - the side effects are very interesting. I had never thought about meditation having side effects before! Really interesting hub, lizyetter!

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Great hub! These are all good things to know. Meditation is a great release. Learning these things about it are very helpful. Thank you.

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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I found this article very insightful. Thanks for the great share.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I use some very specific meditation techniques such as focus on nothingness or focus on my digestive system. I have developed theses on my own after study of several books and sources. Each has its own purpose and is very effective for that purpose, while it includes methods to bring me back to a feeling of normal after the initial purpose. This is just how I meditate, which I suppose is different for each individual. I noticed some side effects years ago when I began these methods, that's why I include the ending affirmations which is also very effective. The mind is so powerful it amazes me every time I ponder it's implications. Great Hub; voted up, interesting, and useful.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Hmm, very interesting information. I really wasn't aware of side effects but I am sure I have experienced them.

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      Procrastination and demotivation are the biggest ones for me

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Good advice and useful tips. I sometimes meditate and if I get out of that meditative state abruptly, I will get what you had described in your article. Voted useful and Shared.