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Hello! 8 months ago, my ex-girlfriend broke up with me. I experienced emotionally intense dreams about her every night afterwards. I always had vivid dreams in the past, but now these were pure torture reminding me of my loss. So then I began meditating and studying Buddhism in order to understand and relieve my suffering.
Happy to say that the practice has benefited me immensely. I am no longer tormented by what happened and have grown into a happier, more mature person. However, the dreams haven't stopped. In fact, they've gotten worse and changed in their content without making any sense. Most of them are rubbish and have no emotional significance whatsoever. I highly suspect this has some connection to my meditation practice. Funny thing is I go to bed feeling peaceful, so in that way, I expect to have pleasant dreams or ideally none at all. Initially I decided to wait it out and let the drama of my mind sort itself out on its own time, but after many months of this, I'm starting to think it's a problem.
It sure stinks going to sleep for 8-9 hours only to wake up mentally and physically drained each time. What is going on here? Can anyone else offer their own experiences on meditation and its effects on dreaming?