Why is it that people are afraid to Meditate?

United States
July 16, 2008 10:22pm CST
In my opinion, people are afraid of what they do not know, and what they do not know is complete stillness, other than when they are sleeping. Even then, it is so hard for people to fall asleep or remain sleeping an entire 8 hour schedule. When people start to feel the calmness set in, it evokes a panic in them and makes them feel like they are transcending to a place they don't want to be at. How could one get over their anxiety of meditation? How would you teach meditation to someone who doesn't know anything about it? How would you coach them into believing that they do actually have complete control over their body?
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@soooobored (1187)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I know what you mean about evoking panic when the calmness starts to set in. I've had issues with panic attacks for about six years, on and off, and at my absolute WORST I would get panic attacks while I was falling asleep. When you reach that point when your mind just calms down, and it feels like you are sinking into the bed, THAT'S when the panic would hit! I would sit straight up gasping for breath, afraid to go back to sleep because it would happen again! Which is totally weird, ordinarily I love that part of sleep!! But like I said, its only when I go through periods of extreme stress and experience more than normal panic...
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• United States
17 Jul 08
I have those in my sleep all the time! I never used to have anxiety, and I have been through a LOT in my life. But now, all of a sudden, it's almost uncontrollable, which is partly why I decided to start meditating. There is this woman Bimla who I used to work with...she is from India. She taught me so much about learning to relax and stay calm and that meditation doesn't necessarily have to be for religion, which is what I had always thought before. She used to witness me having the worst panic attacks ever in work...which led to some major health issues and led me to have to stop working there. I kind of associated working there with Panic...but I loved working there! It was the strangest thing, and I totally regret leaving, but I was told by my counselor (yes, even resorted to that) that I was headed to being in a home similar to that of those with mental problems just so that I could relax for a little while. It wasn't that I was crazy or anything of that sort, it was just her concern for me that I would push myself over the limit with stress and continue to cause more health problems...so she was ready to put me somewhere where I would have no choice but to relax. My mom went through this same thing, but hers was a lot more severe...so we kind of believe either it's inherited (my dad has anxiety too) or that it's due to the raging hormones because of my age (hers started this early too).
• United States
17 Jul 08
I've fantasized about going to one of those places before, I've been there! :-) But thankfully it got better, and I know what kind of triggers set me into panic, so I've come a long way. And I've definitely been interested in meditation for some time, maybe I'll pick that up!
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• United States
18 Jul 08
It really helps when you are trying to go to sleep at night. I think that is the best time to do it.
@narayan2006 (2955)
• India
17 Jul 08
Meditation,as I personally experience, is an effortless,relaxing and natural process of drowning deep within oneself, where one forget the limit of time and space.Only stillness pervades. You become simply a mute witness of all the external happenings,which gets dissolved within you just as darkness gets absorbed as you switch on a electric bulb. Absolutely no concentration and efforts are necessary.Meditation is relaxed awareness and therefore is all inclusive.Distraction and anxiety come only when you start concentrating on it.Meditation is the absense of mind.Mind simply donot know meditation. One is to simply be within.The tpe of experienceof meditation varies from person to persn ,depending on one's level of self-consciousness.It is ' SAtta+Chitta+Anand '. It is ultimately pure awareness and bliss.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
I'm not sure that I agree that it is effortless...I think it takes time to learn how to meditate and how to get used to remaining calm and still. For someone with major anxiety issues, that is a tough thing to be able to do. Have you ever tried to sit a kid down after they ate too much candy or drank too much soda? It's not very easy, and I believe the same works for meditation as well. With time, you learn what works and what does not work. And, once you program a certain way to start meditating, your mind kind of remembers it and it becomes easier to start. For example...if you always sit with legs crossed and your index finger and thumb together, and it's always in the same spot, it would be easier for you to meditate than in a new room in a new position...I believe your mind can be "trained" into remember that is where you meditate.
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Meditation has been one of the hardest skills that I have tried to accomplish. It takes a lot more energy than I thought. The benefits are wonderful though. I highly recommend it.
@laglen (19779)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I can not meditate, I suffer from a bit of short attention span. i have too much going through my head. i really should learn how. I could certainly use the relaxation. And I bet it would help my focus. I am sorry I couldn't answer your question!
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• United States
17 Jul 08
I have that same problem sometimes. I have a hard time learning how to go deeper than 5 minutes into a Meditation, partly due to Anxiety and fear of the unknown and partly because I can't sit still that long! So I guess how to explain it would be... Your first meditation does not come easy. It takes a long time to get to that stage of comfort and relaxation. Most people do not want to sit still for that long doing "nothing." Did I hit the nail on the head or what?
• India
25 Aug 08
anxiety is the resultant of fear..so first of all you need to shed that fear.secondly,you will be filled with many thoughts when u start meditating, but thats quite natural about meditation, that is why people follow different ways to meditate.all those techniques will help you to focus and get rid of thoughts very soon.so first of all you need to choose which is the best technique for you to meditate.here ,i mean technique as the way ur guru taught you to meditate.there are many such techniques in meditation taught by different Gurus. so first find a right guru for your meditation.
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I don't want to catagorize. I am only speaking of my own experiences. I have found that the people I talk to who are afraid of meditation are Christian. And to those people who I talked to, they felt that meditation was a way of buying into another religion. They believed that it was a form of occultism or something. But when I explained it to them in Biblical terms, they at least looked at it differently. I read this somewhere so I don't want to take credit for it, but what I told them was the difference between praying and meditation is that when you pray you are talking to God and when you meditate you are listening to him. Remember the saying in the Bible, "Be still and know that I am God". Remember Jesus saying "Peace, be still". I can go on but I'm sure you get it. Anyway, that diffused their fear of meditation. I'm not sure they tried it, however.