Why should I Meditate?

You may choose to meditate to realize your capacity to have mindfulness.  Mindfulness is a characteristic of traditional Buddhist meditation that has been adopted as the name of a movement in the West which has become an industry in academia, business, healthcare, self-improvement to name few of the areas in which it is embedded.

A person who is mindful accepts what is happening now as if they had planned it.

They put out the welcome mat for everything. They do not judge everything. Or at least are conscious and refrain from judging to a far greater degree than ‘normal’ people.

The norm is to feel good if things are going your way—if events are consistent with your designated criteria, and then be in varying levels of distress if they are not.

And since (as we hopefully all know) we do not control what happens, in this so-called normal approach we have no control over our lives. The mindful person—while not approving or condoning everything, recognizes that it is. Complaining or telling the story about how wrong it was or how bad they are serves only one purpose: to create suffering.

When our lives are no longer hijacked by memes of predetermined templates of what our lives must look like, our energy is then freely available for the people we work with and love and for the activities we want to be effective in / enjoy.