Meditation and Grieving


I am new to meditation and find that, when I begin to sit, instead of being able to embrace the stillness I am flooded with emotion and cry. I have such unresolved grief and sadness that being in the present moment is next to impossible. Any suggestions?

—Ashley, USA


Dear Ashley,

When you experience unresolved grief, it will bring up emotions, that will make it harder to meditate. At this time, it is best that you focus on prayer, chanting, and repetition of affirmations. You can pray for the person that you lost, share your gratitude and love for them.

Work on releasing your attachment to them, and allow them to move on in their journey. Take time to process your grief, and your emotions. You might find a support group that will help you.

Once you do it, sitting still in meditation will be easier.

Nayaswami Diksha