When we start to meditate for the first time, we can experience certain side effects. These effects are ultimately all positive in nature even though they can seem a little strange or overwhelming at first. As the weeks go on, side effects can magnify a little bit before they begin to pass. I always recommend daily meditation for at least 20 minutes or as much as you are able. One hour's meditation per day is optimal, if you can make time for it during your busy schedule.
Side Effects Of Meditation
This is a common side effect of meditation. Many who begin to meditate for the first time experience mild to moderate headaches. These headaches may come on during meditation and last for hours afterwards.
When we meditate, our pineal gland gets a workout that it is not used to. The pineal gland is a gland situated in the centre of the brain, and consists of rods, cones and water just like a real eye. Hence the pineal gland is also known as the third eye. When we close our eyes and sink into darkness, the pineal gland activates. It activates while we are sleeping too, but during meditation we are still conscious. Meditation is like conscious sleep.
So by sitting still in silence and darkness, our pineal gland activates in a way that many are not accustomed to. Just like using your biceps for lifting weights, when you first begin to exercise, your muscles can ache afterwards. The same is true for the pineal gland activating, unblocking and being used for it's true purpose (communicating with creation) for the first time.
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