I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and take medication. Is it okay for me to meditate? I have not been able to go off the medication without causing horrendous consequences to my life ,and someone told me you should not meditate if you are diagnosed with a mental illness. How true is this?
You can meditate, but just start by meditating for 5 minutes twice a day for now. If after a month you are doing well with it, you can increase the time to 10 minutes. As long as you continue to progress and feel stable, you can continue this monthly evaluation and increase of your meditation until you get to a 20-minute meditation.
If the meditation is making you feel more unstable, then stay at the length of time you are at, or even cut back a little for the time being. If you don’t already have a regular exercise plan, it will also help for you to add physical exercise to your daily schedule, including cardiovascular (aerobic) training, strength training, and balance. In addition to meditation, this will add addition support for your mind/body as you move toward healing this imbalance.