What are the advantages and disadvantages of meditation?

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twinkle das asked 06-Mar-2018 in Spirituality by twinkle das
What are the advantages and disadvantages of meditation?

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Anamika Srivastava answered 11-Jun-2018 by Anamika Srivastava

What are the advantages and disadvantages of meditation?

There are many advantages and disadvantages of meditation that you should be cognizant of and these different parameters may or may not affect you at all depending on your individual lifestyle.  
Meditation is a very effective technique that allows you to think very deeply and clearly for a given period of time. In the very paced world that we live in today, one can only imagine as to lucrative such a technique can really be. There are many different forms of meditation that you can practice too like visualization, mindfulness etc.
So often are we all staring at our phones, checking our email, thinking about this problem and that problem, judging other people for their appearance or their character, as well as harshly judging ourselves too. Though these things sound objectively toxic for many reasons, they are actually commonplace in the realm of human psychology. I think meditation works by allowing you to have more control over what it is that you choose to spend your attention on.

Below, I’ll show you some advantages and disadvantages of meditation that you guys should aware of.


Everyday practicing meditation helps you to improve the focus muscles in your brain. Practicing this technique on a daily basis will improve many aspects of your life that require your undivided attention. For my experienced, improving your ability to meditate will also improve your ability to stay attentive when conversing with someone or when reading a book. There are some many different things in this day and age that complete for our attention.
Practicing meditation on a consistent basis will actually help you to experience life in the here and now. Well, living in the present moment allow you to block out idle mental chatter that is usually comprised of dwelling on past regrets worries. There is nothing you can do about the past, and the future has to come. So, all we have is the present moment.
Meditation also proved to improved memory, again through the same study. The meditation group had a better recollection of the tasks they performed during their stress test.


A disadvantage is that the only way to truly experience state changes is by practicing it on a consistent basis for several months and even years. State changes refer to the long-term changes you experience that occur as a result of practicing meditation over a long period of time. Such changes include a lower resitting heart rate, reduced anxiety, lower stress, and increased equanimity. Using a 5-minute mindfulness app on your phone once a day will not make the necessary changes in your brain’s neuropathways to actually experience these advantages in long-term.
Not effective for treating deep depression. It has been effectively used to treat mild depression, but not recommended for deep depression. Some may get frustrated and feel they’re not getting what they expected out of it soon enough and give up.