Psychosis as a result from an intensive meditation retreat

Kerome

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I found this an interesting article, written about his own experience by a man who had had a psychotic experience many years ago and had recently done an intensive vipassana retreat and suffered another breakdown. Some good stuff in there about the various authors he contacted and interviewed on the different books that have been written on the subject.

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Hi Kerome !! :loveshower: I read the article and I really liked it. Yes, until the fish jumps out of the water, it doesn't know it's in water.

I hope you are well, Kerome.
 
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ccccccccccraaaaaaaaaaaap i got off lightly then. i always did feel uneasy after a not to unsimilar retreat years ago. saw some strange and down right weird stuff. and that was only a weekend.
 
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Yeah this is the thing, if you go from a simple personal practice to trying to meditate 11 hours a day with no breaks then some strange things may happen. It’s quite extreme what he describes.

I’d just do something less extreme like 5 hours a day on a retreat with breaks for walking meditation. There’s no need to try and force a breakthrough.

(waves at everybody in passing)
 
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I like Vipassana, I've done it lots, After Iraq war, I Used it To remove Guilt > >

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I Combined Buddhist And, catholic Ways, To alleviate Pain, From war </3 </3

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I can see how meditation could induce psychosis in some people. That doesn't necessarily mean it's harmful for everyone, though. Obviously there are many people who go to meditation retreats and do not experience psychosis. It just means meditation will not necessarily be beneficial to some people.