Simple, sensible answers to common meditation questions. Fun to listen, easy to apply, satisfying to share.
Does meditation change and rewire your brain?
We regularly hear that meditation changes your brain or that it literally rewires your brain. How true is this?
Book mentioned in episode: Altered Traits - https://www.richardjdavidson.com/altered-traits
What are the benefits of meditation?
This is the companion episode to the earlier question, "Can meditation be bad for me?".
In this episode we take a look at the numerous mental, emotional and physiological benefits of meditation. Lot's of good reasons to meditate so keep on meditating!
Can meditation be bad for me?
We're big cheerleaders for meditation here at Meditation Questions but it's important to recognize meditation is not for everyone. For some people meditation can end up with bad outcomes.
Will meditation make me dull and lacking emotion?
There's a worry that because meditation is supposed to lead you to tranquility or serenity, it will make us dull and emotionless and kind of boring. Is this what happens to those who meditate a lot?
Do I need a mantra to meditate?
Do I need a mantra? Do I need to pay for it? Should I keep my mantra a secret? Does it have to be in an ancient language?
What should I do when thoughts come up?
Simple effective strategies to handle unwanted or distracting thoughts and emotions during meditation. Meditation is just like learning any new skill - like a musical skill or an athletic skill - we're going to fumble about in the beginner stage for a while until we hit our stride, until we master the basics and learn to play with joy - it might be frustrating until then - if we allow ourselves to be frustrated.