Why Do Some Get Turned On When Meditating?

When we are in solitude with our thoughts, we no longer repress what we hold in as we otherwise do when we are not meditating. It’s facing ourselves which pushes many away from meditation, but we don’t get a full picture of who we are as a person. Lust is common in many people, predominantly males. 

When we allow ourselves to experience anything we have stored, be it in the heart or mind, what we can experience during meditation can vary from the most subtle, innocent desires to our strongest, deepest desires. Thus, many would feel stimulated from meditating.

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Someone that struggles with pleasure and letting pleasure take over a significant part of their lives can also see this reflected and even amplified with meditation. 

It’s an uncomfortable topic for many, but something that, when part of us, we have to respond to with acceptance. 

These days, the availability of explicit content is everywhere, but once someone becomes indifferent to it, they can channel their intimate energy for other occasions, making such moments even more enjoyable. 

What Should You Do If You Get Stimulated During Meditation?

Meditations can be unpredictable, and while you can’t control what you will experience, you can control your reaction to them. 

Some of the admirable traits many attain from meditation are indifference, improved focus, and better management of emotions. This can be applied to any aspect of our lives, and if you happen to get an urge to please yourself during meditation, you can either do two things. 

One is to try to bring your attention back to your breath, or anything else that allows you to focus on the present and keep your mind locked in that, or simply restart the meditation. 

Some may say that the idea of intimate pleasure may bring us to the moment where we imagine ourselves experiencing it, but the difference is that our emotions get in the way. 

The idea is indifference, and if we feel strongly about desire, we make it harder for us. Pleasure is a strong force, therefore, at times it can be better to postpone the meditation for later, but more so is being able to shift our attention away from such pleasure-driving thoughts.

It’s normal to feel stimulated by meditation for many, but this can be an opportunity to grow and become less controlled by it. 

Better Enjoyment

For instance, someone that gets enjoyment from watching two individuals doing explicit acts to each other can save that energy, as when we release fluids we tend to lose a portion of our energy, we wound up feeling great for a second, only to feel drained and weakened later on. 

Instead, that same energy could be saved for another occasion. Making us enjoy such occasions even more, as we went through a process of discipline and earned such reward. 

When the rewards of pleasure are so available, we increase the threshold for such rewards and it becomes harder each time to reach that same level of pleasure. 

Therefore, some veteran meditators advocate for going monk-mode, where individuals abstain from lust-driving activities for a certain time to for cultivating the habit of better self-control.

Many are driven by intimate gratification because pleasure on its own is a strong force. It’s addictive, and hard to quit cold turkey. But any unfavorable habit becomes easier to substitute, even if it’s cold-turkey when we engage with meditation. 

Meditation vs. Intimate Stimulation

Lots of people have a habit of pleasuring themselves habitually, but it ends up consuming such a major part of their lives, to the point that it can affect their focus, and on many levels, isn’t that different from being addicted to external substances. 

Frequent consumption of adult material has been proven to change the brain in a negative sense

Meditation, however, does the opposite. So, in a way, meditating while frequently watching explicit material is like two forces battling each other. 

The first one clutters the mind, whereas the other one brings peace, self-awareness, focus, and happiness. 

On the other hand, frequently releasing fluids may prevent prostate-related issues by flushing out chemicals that can build up in the fluids. 

Looking at the bigger picture and long-term benefits of meditation, however, the practice can allow you to exert self-control and discipline, where true freedom lies. We only have an illusion of such freedom when everything we do is driven by the mind or pleasure mechanisms as a whole. 

There are many benefits to limiting the consumption of explicit material on its own, some of these benefits are also shared with meditation, such as improved focus and overall well-being. 

As well as an increased desire for many to work on their purpose and goals, something meditation can aid with, to begin with. The benefits experienced long-term from the withdrawal of intimate gratification are intensified when it is merged with meditation.

Finding Genuine Lasting Pleasure From Within

Over time, when someone learns to master their urges as a result of consistent meditation practices, there is a pleasure to be found in peace. Something that, fortunately, doesn’t require us to look outwards but inwards. 

Not the same kind of pleasure as that one finds from intimate stimulation, but one that would at first seem dull, but over time, become fulfilling. 

Now, some would say comparing intimate pleasure to feeling peaceful is comparing apples to oranges, but the amount of time and room we give ourselves by abstaining from intimate stimulation lets us find enjoyment in things that we would otherwise not find meaningful. 

Even if we’re gonna go back to pleasure when we’re able to destine our energy more deliberately, rather than giving in to momentary urges, the bar for meeting the reward threshold is lower. 

The pleasure you get from other activities you otherwise didn’t find meaningful is also extended, which is a contributor to our happiness. 

We many times engage in something that makes us feel good for a moment, only to have opposite reproductions later down the line. Meditation helps us to reverse this equation, often through a subconscious mindset shift, and as a result, live a more meaningful daily life. 

When we give in to the invisible force of pleasure stemming from explicit content, we both limit our scope to how things are and get a certain image that what we see on a screen is a reflection of real life. 

Something which can impair someone when it comes to forming connections with someone they are attracted to, as their mind has already normalized the objectification of individuals. 

Many use the monk-mode period to improve their abilities to romantically bond with others, and not limit interactions to the superficial, but also the emotional and spiritual. 

If you set a goal of abstaining from self-derived pleasure, meditation can help with that. It doesn’t even have to be for a significant amount of time. 

Many who want to experience the benefits of abstaining from explicit content and self-pleasure don’t want to make large commitments, which is okay. 

Starting off with anywhere from just a few days, to a week, or months is a great start, and it’s training the mental muscles

To make meditation and any habit you adopt easier, you can try rewarding yourself for reaching certain milestones. 

These would be other kinds of rewards, but with meditation, you start to enjoy even small rewards more, so this is something that can help you along the way, to add some meaning to the journey. 

Now, with meditation, it’s best to not have any expectations, but there’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for making progress. It’s just best to not make it the sole driver or motivation as to why you do things, since motivation, unlike discipline, is unreliable.

 However, sometimes, replacing one bad habit with a lesser one is one way to progress and a good step forward in the right direction, which can lead to something bigger later on. 

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