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Can Meditation Make You Cry? What It Means and How to Cope

I’m sure you’ve seen it before – someone in a yoga class or meditation session, tears streaming down their face. It can be jarring, and even a little bit unsettling, especially if you’re not used to it.

But, not all tears are bad. So, if you’ve ever started crying while meditating, this post is for you. We’ll ask:

What’s really going on when someone cries during meditation?

And more importantly, what can you do about it if it happens to you?

Is It Bad to Cry During Meditation?

First of all, it’s important to understand that there is no right or wrong way to meditate.

There is no correct way to feel during meditation, and every meditation experience is different, whether you’re just starting out or have been practicing for years.

Some meditations are designed to help you feel relaxed, peaceful, or happy, while others are supposed to help you release old, negative beliefs and heal emotional blockages.

No matter what type of meditation you’re doing, know that it is always a very personal experience, and everyone will have their own unique reaction to it.

Why Do I Cry When I Meditate? What Does It Mean?

Just like there are many types of meditation that might provoke an emotional response, there are many reasons why you might have tears during meditation.

Some people find that they cry because the meditation triggers a powerful and emotional experience.

For others, crying may be a release of years of built up stress and tension. In this case, the act of crying can be almost like a cathartic release of old, toxic negativity in the body.

And for some people, crying during meditation simply doesn’t happen…no matter how deep the emotional release may be.

So, if you find yourself tearing up during your next meditation session, don’t worry – you’re not doing anything wrong.

In fact, you might even be doing something right! Just remember, crying can mean:

  1. You are really letting go and opening up during your meditation.
  2. You are going through a deep healing and release. This often happens if you are focusing on specific chakra centers, and can happen even if you don’t know what negative emotions, exactly, you are releasing.
  3. You are moving into a higher level of joy, peace, and well-being. Think of it as taking a small step back, in order to leap forward. The powerful release of your emotions allows you to feel free and receptive in a new way.

So, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, and whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up about it!

How To Cope with Tears During Meditation

Of course, if you’re not comfortable with crying during meditation, there are a few things you can do to prevent it.

First, try to relax and let go of any expectations or preconceived notions about how your meditation should go.

Secondly, if you start to feel emotional during your meditation, simply focus on your breath and let the emotions pass. Don’t judge or resist them, just let them be.

And finally, remember that it’s okay to cry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of – in fact, it is often a sign that you are progressing in your spiritual practice…even if it doesn’t feel like it just yet.

When you’re ready to take your practice to the next level, click here to learn more about how The Joy Within can help.

Kyle Greenfield

Kyle Greenfield is the Founder and CEO of The Joy Within, where our mission is to help you win the fight against stress and negativity by harnessing the power of your natural, inner joy. Kyle has been teaching on meditation, mindfulness, and how to eliminate negative thoughts since 2016. He currently resides in London. You can follow Kyle on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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