'Mindfulness has grown in popularity as people search for meaning in life.
But doing it alone could actually make you more selfish, an expert at the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.
Dr Alison Gray, chair of the spirituality special interest group at the College, which advises psychiatrists on how to deal with spiritual issues, said more "inward-focused" types of spirituality "can become self-involved".
"In as much as religion is about binding people together, spirituality can become inward looking and selfish," she said.
"In no way does that happen to everyone - in many cases increases their passion for the whole world. But there's a potential for it to become inward-looking and basically self-centred."
She warned that meditation can lead to problems as people uncover the more negative aspects of their personality, which they might previously have buried.
"When you look inside yourself what you find can be quite negative and quite destabilising, and so you need a community around you to help process this stuff and keep you healthy", she told the Daily Telegraph.
Meditation and mindfulness can mean people notice "selfish drives and ambitions, bits of themselves that they previously projected onto other people, anger hatred, all the negative emotions."'
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