I'm no expert, but I've been meditating consistently for several years & have been on retreat etc. so I have some experience of what you have gone through.
I strongly recommend finding a meditation teacher. Its hard to tell what's going on based on an internet post because there are so many factors; when you 'meditate', what are you actually doing, what ...
In general you can stop what you are doing if you think it's causing you anxiety.
Although im not familiar with headspace, meditation usually fails as being ineffective rather than harmful. There are however ways in which one's training would cause anxiety & restlessness but i think it's unlikely here because i think it would be more obvious.
Imho, more ...
From within the practice of meditation, it can be hard to tell whether "it's working" or not. I've been a meditator for more than 30 years and my experience is that it is mostly a very slow process, and only by looking back on it from a long way away do I begin to clearly see the benefits.
Life itself has plenty of ups and downs. Meditation may ...
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These anxieties are your own psychological issues. They bubble up to the surface as a result of meditation.
Meditation initially sounds all nice and pleasant with frilly bits and squishy things - although that is how it is generally delivered in the many brochures - but many don't realize what meditation can actually do. It is about the ...
Meditation, if done properly, is the super skill that amplifies every mental and physical skill you do in life. It would be stupid to stop meditation. The only question is whether you're doing meditation properly, skillfully, correctly, etc. You've got a great daily habit established, 20min in morning and one in latter half of the day, and regularly small ...
There are 56 samyutta's in the SN, the 47'th SN is devoted to the topic of "mindfulness" (sati).
SN 47 Sati-'paṭṭhāna 🐘 Saṃyutta
https://lucid24.org/sn/sn47/index.html (disclosure: my website, my translations are derived from B. Sujato)
The first 10 suttas especially are particularly important on the subject. But even reading various English ...
Therein what is mindfulness-awakening-factor? Herein a monk is
mindful, furnished with excellent mindfulness-penetration, he
remembers, remembers constantly, what has long been done and long been
said (concerning release). This is called
That which is mindfulness, recollection, recall, mindfulness,
Here is a good description of mindfulness (sati) directed to the body. It's similar for mindfulness directed to other things.
“Bhikkhus, suppose that on hearing, ‘The most beautiful girl of the
land! The most beautiful girl of the land!’ a great crowd of people
would assemble. Now that most beautiful girl of the land would dance
exquisitely and sing ...