Today it's consenting wayward imagery of entering your mind and managing your thoughts. Don't do it unless you crave being bound, gagged, raped and exploited beyond your will.
The dark side of meditation and mindfulness [where]
treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis.
New book claims the theory is that techniques help relieve stress and live for the moment, but 60% of us have apparently suffered at least one negative side effect.
Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment.
But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found.
The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation.
However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, a study in the US found.
Meditation can trigger depression, hallucinations and psychosis, controversial research has claimed.
And one in 14 of them suffered ‘profoundly adverse effects’, according to Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behaviour research group at Coventry University, and Catherine Wikholm, a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey.