Like any spiritual question, there are multiple answers to this.
Most people become interested in meditation because they’ve heard it can bring good things – stress reduction, relaxation, etc. And this is definitely true: Meditation makes you feel better. It chills you out. And, it’s good for you. Anyone who meditates regularly tends to have lower blo0d pressure and other physiological markers for good health. Meditation has even been known to lower the incidence of migraines. So there are plenty of reasons to bring meditation into your life from a purely health and wellness perspective.
Meditation is also associated with increased happiness. Ever met a grumpy monk? (Never met a monk?? Yes you have!!) A true practice of self-discovery is guaranteed to bring at least contentment, if not utter joy and moments of transcendant bliss. These things are definitely worth it!
But all these reasons are missing the point — which is, there actually is no point to meditation.
If you go into your meditation expecting to get things from it, you’re selling yourself short. The experience of meditation is an opportunity for you to find the stillness of yourSELF. If you approach the practice of meditation with an agenda, looking to “get something” from it, you may actually be preventing the REALLY good stuff from manifesting in your life.
The best way to interface with your meditation practice is to come to it fresh and new each day. Allow yourself to not know. Give some room to let it unfold; permit yourself be surprised.
Meditation is the best thing going, but nothing anyone else can say about it will prove this to you more than your own direct experience of the magic.
Be an adventurer. Explore the inner worlds. See what life is made of. Meditate!
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