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One of the most popular articles I wrote this year is The dark underbelly of meditation. The article challenges the conventional wisdom that meditation is a universal remedy for universal ills. Although meditation helps restore and maintain well-being in most people, it can also cause adverse effects, according to several research studies I cited.

I’ve been meditating for nearly a decade (and continue to do so just about every morning). I shared the research to make a broader point about the dangers of thinking in rigid categories of black-white, good-bad, right-wrong, yes-no. Most readers appreciated the central point: There’s no such thing as a universal remedy. A “good” thing isn’t “good” for all people under all circumstances.

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