asked friend how to meditate, was told, sit in dark rm at night, visualise my shaykh. I do that for few secs, soon as I do it, i immediately start breathing very heavily and make weird very loud breathing sounds, I need to lean forward. should i continue?
As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah!
Meditation is a means to gaining insight and reflection about your spirituality, and reflection on Allah’s creation. It can me a means of calm or releasing stress but can also raise awareness about spiritual faults within us that we should be aware of. Zikr such as repeating la ilaha illaAllah or salawat or other adhkar that the shuyukh recommend or assign can essentially leads to meditative states to contemplate Reality. Perhaps you should accompany someone who practices meditation to learn more and feel comfortable in the practice. May Allah bless you in your spiritual quest.