A healthy lifestyle means making choices that promote physical, mental, and emotional health.
In this article I will do a question and answer meditation session.
As a private meditation teacher working online, a lot of people ask me all kinds of questions about meditation. The following are the most common.
Frequently Asked Meditation Questions (and Answers)
Why do I cry during meditation?
One of the weird things that can happen when you meditate is that you start crying. This may seem strange because, after all, isn’t meditation supposed to make you feel good?
The truth is that sometimes when we meditate we release emotions that we might have been repressing. When these emotions come out, you can cry. So that is the answer.
However, this is really a good thing because you are letting your emotions out in a healthy way.
That’s just a reason why can you cry when you meditate.
Which is better, guided meditation or silent meditation?
There are two main ways to meditate. One is to do traditional meditation. In other words, silent meditation. The other way is to use an app. So what’s better?
Interestingly, these two ways of meditating have big differences in the way they affect you. Meditating with an app is not as effective as traditional, silent meditation. And this has been shown in Harvard research.
Now, I won’t tell you to stop using apps. Guided meditations are sometimes helpful. They are relaxing and can make you a little happier.
However, if you really want to get the most out of meditation, you will definitely want to use traditional, silent meditation.
To learn more about this, read my article Guided Meditation VS Silent Meditation.
What to do before and after meditation
It is important to know what to do both before and after meditation. If you start your meditation the right way, you will benefit more. And by doing certain things after meditation, you can make the effects last longer.
Before meditation, there are usually two things you want to do. The first is to eliminate any distractions that may prevent you from concentrating on your meditation session. The second thing is to prepare both mind and body for meditation. This can be done with a few gentle stretches.
Read my guide What to do before and after meditation.
Why meditation makes you angry
Another really weird thing that can happen when you meditate is that you get angry. And you probably think that this is the opposite effect that meditation should have. Are you meditating incorrectly? Good question. The answer is not as obvious as it may seem.
You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. So when you sit down to meditate, your mind will not receive as much stimulation as it used to. And your unstimulated mind might get angry.
In fact, there is much more to this question. The answer is profound. And you can read it here: Why meditation makes you angry.
How to stay tuned
Meditating for twenty minutes or so is great, but what if you want to stay awake all day long? What do you need to do to preserve your Zen and stay conscious?
Fortunately, this question was answered by the Buddha a long time ago. Buddha spoke of the four pillars of mindfulness. These are four factors that we need to keep in mind at all times.
You can learn all this in my article How to stay tuned all day.
Why do I get tired of meditation?
We end this question and answer session with one of the most common questions about meditation: Why are you tired?
In fact, this is a bit of a fallacy. Most of the time meditation doesn’t really tire you out. It just makes you aware that you’re already doing it they were tired.
In addition, meditation also stimulates both the parasympathetic nervous system and alpha brain waves, which are related to sleep.
To answer this question, read my article Why do you get tired of meditation?
I hope this article on meditation questions and answers has enlightened you on many aspects of meditation.
If you want to learn more, book an online meditation lesson with me today.