Meditation is generally considered a medically and psychologically safe and beneficial activity. It is, especially at the start of instruction, mainly an exercise in relaxation and concentration. However, as one meditates more and more over time, it tends naturally to lead to self-study and self-examination, which can be uncomfortable at times. Meditators also commonly experience some discomfort in the body due to sitting still for extended periods of time.
If you are unwilling to have such bodily or psychological discomfort, or feel you are unable to engage in this kind of self-examination, then you may wish to hold off on participating in meditation classes and consider trying a different kind of approach to address your needs and desires at this time. If you have a history of mental illness, then please consult with your health care provider before learning mindfulness meditation.
If you have concerns about medical problems such as circulation, please consult with a physician before undertaking meditation classes. Participants in our classes agree at the time of registration for class to take full responsibility for their own understanding and use of what we teach, indicating that they accept that meditation is not always comfortable or pleasant.