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Is it good to resolve fears through meditation?

Should this be encouraged? Do you think environments where it is encouraged helps people?

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  1. It depends on your definition of meditation.
    If you plan on flying away to some weird Narnia by meditating…I say no.
    If you mean to deeply ponder on it, then yes.

  2. Generally, yes. Although do remember that fear can be instructive. It can teach you caution. It can also encourage you to take action. Turn that fear into a rational awareness of risks, and decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not there is action to be taken to avoid that which is feared.

  3. I don’t think you can really resolve a fear without facing it. Meditation is a way to forget about everything at the present moment and just be. But after that, your fears will come back to you. Meditation can help calm you down to better face your fears, so I guess it’s good for that. The best way to resolve a fear is to just do something about it. Confront it face to face and eliminate that fear of the unknown with the known. Often times, you’ll realize that many of your fears amounted to practically nothing after facing them.

  4. I’ve been practicing vipassana meditation quite intensively for several years, and yes. Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I don’t know of a better way.
    It is true that there are many types of meditation out there, and with today’s mass catering it’s even hard to decide what is meditation and what isn’t, but I can speak specifically for vipassana and say that it is the best way I know because it brings you face to face with your fears and allows you to learn on your own, through experience, how to deal with them.
    If you’re interested, you can check out these sites (and many others):
    theopengateway.org (contains further links, too)
    dhamma.org
    accesstoinsight.org
    As for the other types of meditation, many of them are also excellent, but I’ll leave it to you to fish around. I would go with what many of the others here on the site have said, and look for the kinds that bring you face to face with your fears and difficulties (instead of avoiding them). You’ll find that most of the serious types of meditation do just that.
    Good luck!

  5. Meditation can definitely help, Meditation has helped me a lot with my own fears what most people can do on a daily basis like pay for things or even talk on the phone I was to afraid to do I was basically afraid of everything of life really, but through Meditation it has given me the strength and courage to overcome my fears, as a side note I use to have a lot of anger with in me, but through Meditation I have overcome my anger as it has helped me to stay focused and balanced.

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