Why Meditate?

Meditation is becoming quite popular these days. Psychologists are confirming a variety of physical and mental health benefits of meditation such as stress reduction, lessening anxiety, and lowering blood pressure. During these times of the COVID-19 virus, meditation may prove to be especially helpful in promoting physical and mental well-being.

Aside from these apparent physical and mental benefits, people can end up practicing meditation for a variety of reasons. Our partner may be practicing meditation. We may want to try something new and a bit out of the mainstream. We may see meditation as a way to gain happiness or as a way to work with our problems. For example, we may feel on edge and want to calm down and relax. We may feel a lack of meaning in our life and use meditation as a way to find meaning. Or then again, meditation may be encouraged as part of our religion.

If we are currently practicing meditation, it is good to ask ourselves why we are meditating? What are we getting out of it? We should reach down and gain clarity about our motivation.