Engaging in twenty to thirty minutes of meditation is good twice a day. It is a surefire way to preserve one’s mental and physical well-being. A balm for the spirit, it is something that all should make time for. In today’s world, it is the best way to find respite from the hustle and bustle of life.
That said, just as too much of anything can be harmful, the same can be said for meditation.
How much is too much meditation?
Regarding meditation, more than sixty minutes per session is a risk. It’s pushing the limits too far, like a gambler who bets all their money. Too many sessions per day, more than five, is like a ship lost in a storm, never reaching its destination.
Be mindful of the potential risks of over-meditation.
Is Excess Meditation Harmful?
Meditation can be a powerful tool for self-improvement and well-being, but too much of anything can be dangerous.
Here is a list of ten potential harms that can arise from overindulging in meditation: a stark reminder that moderation is vital.
- Mental dullness: a mind that is too still, like a lake that has been over-fished.
- Numbness: an emptiness that creeps into the heart and soul like a fog.
- Anxiety: unease, like a snake coiled in the stomach.
- Confusion: thoughts that come unbidden and unorganized, like leaves scattered in the wind.
- Disorientation: lost, like a ship without a compass.
- Loss of creativity: a mind that is too quiet, like a bee hive without buzzing.
- Detachment: a feeling of being cut off from the world, like an island in the sea.
- Imbalance: energy that is out of sync, like a sailboat caught in a stormy sea.
- Isolation: feeling alone, like a mountain peak in the clouds.
- Overstimulation: overwhelmed senses, like a fire burning out of control.
Are 20 Minutes Enough for Meditation?
Rajesh was my Kundalini meditation student in Bangalore. He had a thirst for knowledge and a drive to develop himself. He was ready to take on the challenge of learning something new.
I could awaken his Kundalini with a simple touch of my hands. He felt the pulsation of his life force at Ajna chakra within minutes. His enthusiasm and determination were admirable.
Rajesh meditated for more than 20 minutes at a time, sometimes up to 60 minutes. He was pushing himself too hard, and his body started to feel the strain. I warned him to reduce the duration of his sessions to 20 minutes at a time and to do it two to three times a day. He listened to my advice, and his condition improved drastically.
Now, Rajesh meditates for only 20 minutes per session and feels the benefits of Kundalini meditation. He is happy and content with his progress.
What Happens If You Meditate All Day?
It is not advisable to meditate all day. The mind must be active and engaged in other activities to keep it healthy. Too much time spent in a meditative state can lead to physical, mental, and spiritual problems.
The body can become weak and tired from insufficient movement or exercise. One can experience extreme fatigue from over-meditating. The body can become weak, and the muscles can become stiff. You can become dehydrated and malnourished. This can lead to a decrease in energy levels, which can lead to a lack of motivation and a lack of focus.
Mentally, the mind can become dull and unfocused. When the mind is constantly meditative, it can have difficulty concentrating on tasks or thinking clearly. Without the stimulation of new ideas, the mind can become stagnant and unproductive. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.
A person who meditates too much can experience a decrease in mental clarity. This can lead to a lack of focus and a decrease in productivity. One can become overwhelmed by their thoughts and emotions, which can lead to anxiety and depression. One can also become overly reliant on meditation to cope with their emotions, leading to an unhealthy cycle of using meditation as a crutch.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Spiritually, a person can become disconnected from the outside world. They can:
- Become too preoccupied with their thoughts and feelings.
- Start neglecting their relationships with others.
- Become isolated and disconnected from their sense of purpose in life.
- Become overly attached to their spiritual beliefs.
- Leading to a distorted view of reality.
In conclusion, it is not advisable to meditate all day as it can lead to physical, mental, and spiritual problems. Instead, it is important to find balance in your meditation practice. Take breaks to maintain your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
What Can 1-Hour Meditation Do?
One hour of meditation can seem insurmountable; its difficulty and potential for harm should not be taken lightly.
The silence, the stillness, and the expectation of remaining in one place for so long is a challenge to even the most hardened of spiritualists.
The meditative state can bring about frustration, fear, and even disorientation. The strain of such intense focus can damage both the body and the mind.
To attempt such a feat without the guidance of a master is to court disaster.
The world is a cacophony of sounds,
Chaos and turmoil abound.
A restful pause I must seek
To keep my spirit sound.
Meditation is the answer,
For that, I am sure.
But why must it be so long?
I ask for twenty minutes.
An interval of quietude
To refresh and reset.
My spirit will be soothed
And my mind will be stress-free yet.
My body will be calmed
As I sit in repose,
The benefits of twenty minutes
Are more than I could suppose.
My thoughts will be more ordered,
My mind clear and serene.
The twenty minutes of meditation
Will make life’s stresses lean.Krish Murali Eswar
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Be Blessed by the Divine!
Krish Murali Eswar.