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As you have never meditated before you are likened to the toddler. What you have done in going straight to Theta meditations is walked right past the splash pool, past the wade pool, past the main swimming pool, and jumped into the dive pool. If that analogy doesn't work for you then think of it this way, you walked past the tricycle, past the bicycle, past the automatic transmission car, and jumped into the formula one.
Originally posted by karen61057
I would like to see any bit of that research because I've looked and cannot find anything bad or anything about brain damage. How could going into brainwave modes that you go into naturally every time you go to sleep cause brain damage. You need to know what you're talking about and you dont.
Delta is dangerous than you better not plan on dreaming ever again. Alpha a problem, better not daydream either. You might never wake up. LOL.
Meditation reduces blood flow to the parietal lobe by focusing singularly on the functions of the frontal lobe; the area associated with concentration. Blood flow is transcended to the frontal lobe area while the flow appears to recede in the region of the parietal lobe. There are many dangers associated with this altered state of being and is increasingly becoming problematic in westernized cultures as meditation becomes popularized and its true eastern roots are ignored.
Damage to the parietal lobe results in the loss of visual integrating systems.
A phenomenon called "involuntary meditation" has been found to inflict older meditators with spontaneous unreality.
What is interesting is that Buddhist and Hindu teachers, even the Dalai Lama, have occasionally pointed out the potential hazards of meditation. Dhammananda warned:
Dr. Lorin Roche, a meditation teacher, says a major problem arises from the way meditators interpret Buddhist and Hindu teachings. He points out that meditation techniques that encourage detachment from the world were intended only for monks and nuns. He has spent thirty years doing interviews with people who meditate regularly and says many were depressed. He says they have tried to detach themselves from their desires, their loves, and their passion. "Depression is a natural result of loss, and if you internalize teachings that poison you against the world, then of course you will become depressed."
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Christopher Titmuss, a former Buddhist monk who now lives in England, holds yearly Vipassana meditation retreats in Bodh Gaya, India. He reports that occasionally people go through very traumatic experiences and require round the clock support, the use of strong drugs, or even hospitalization.......
Arthur Chappell, a former devotee of Guru Maharaj , points out that meditation starves the mind of stimulus (sensory deprivation) and he wonders whether desensitizing the mind to stimuli may actually "affect one's ability to react properly with the level of fear, love, and other emotions required in any given social situation." Chappell says minds can atrophy-just like limbs do--if they aren't used for a wide range of purposes: