Today I’m going to answer the question: why is meditation so important?
Before I answer that question, I want you to think to yourself: why is meditation important to me?
Maybe you’re just starting to get interested in meditation…you’re doing some exploration…you’re trying to find out more about it, and you want to know why it’s so important.
I can’t tell you that I was looking for meditation when I came across meditation. I didn’t know what I was looking for; I just knew I was looking for something, and meditation was the doorway to the experience I was seeking. I’ll share more about that later, but it’s the reason why when I think about the question: “why is meditation important?” I think that answer is going to be different for each person…
Are you ready to discover what that answer is for you? If you don’t like to read, watch the video, or just read the post below!
Is Meditation Valuable?
I can tell you a little bit about my experience but fundamentally, it has to be your experience. So it’s worth asking yourself these questions and it’s worth introspecting and looking within.
For example: Why is meditation important?
If you don’t think meditation is important you’re not going to ascribe any value to it. And this applies to everything, right? If you don’t think something is important, you’re not going to ascribe any value to it and so that thing becomes worthless, right? Because you don’t value it.
In the same way, if I feel like meditation is valuable then I’m going to engage in meditation, and I’m also going to value the experience and the benefits I receive from it.
Meditation is a Relationship
And so in this way, I think meditation is dynamic and it’s a relationship.
Meditation is a relationship.
When you’re sitting down and you value what you’re receiving, then you’re in this connection with something higher and something greater.
Now something higher and greater many people call God.
Just as we see in Davinci’s Adam’s Creation, when you reach toward that higher power, that higher power reaches back.
Now, you can’t see me, but I’m just taking a moment right now to close my eyes, breathe, and center myself before I share with you why I think meditation is so important.
Why I Think Meditation is Important
This is what I think about meditation and why it’s so important. The world is moving entirely too fast…
And you probably feel this each and every day that you live.
So one of the things that people say all the time is: “You just need to slow down. You need to relax.”
But how do we do that? How do you do that? One of the ways to do that is just to breathe.
Benefits of Breathing
Again, you can’t see me, but I just took a breath. I’m breathing and taking a moment to center myself with a calming breath before I continue writing.
If you don’t have a meditation practice as a foundation for what I just did, then that breath you take may not do a whole lot for you. In other words, you breath, but you don’t get the full benefit of it, because you haven’t practiced relaxing into the breathe. But don’t worry, that’s something that comes with time…
The breath I just took is engaging with 20 years of meditation practice…so when I take a breath, I take a single breath, and it brings me back into that space of meditation almost instantaneously.
As you develop your own relationship and practice of meditation, I do believe that will happen for you as well and you will experience deeper and deeper experiences of calm relaxation, a slowing down, deeper insights into your own life, into your relationships with others. You might experience surges of creativity.
All these things can be valid reasons for engaging in a practice of meditation.
- Calm relaxation
- A sense of slowing down
- Deeper insights into your own life
- Deeper insights into your relationships with others
- Surges of creativity.
Something Deeper, Something Hidden
When I ask myself why is meditation important for me, it’s because I was seeking.
See, you might have a feeling that there’s something more to the world, something more than just this physical world around us.
I love Brooke Fraser and she has a great song called the cs lewis song and it’s based on some of the writings of c s lewis.
In the song, Brooke sings, “If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy. I can only conclude that I was not made for here.”
If you’re living in this world and you’re experiencing a feeling like that, then meditation may be something you’re interested in.
It’s similar to The Matrix. If you’ve watched The Matrix movie, Neo sits there and he’s got this feeling that there’s something else, there’s something beyond. He feels the Matrix.
The reason why we connect with that movie so much is because there’s a stream of truth behind it.
Why is meditation important for me? It’s because I was seeking something and I knew there was something else out there. I knew there was something more beyond just this regular world.
What I’m going to tell you is that you can read about it in scriptures. You can read about it in the words of of the saints and the holy men of various traditions. You can hear it in the poems and in the writings. It’s there, but it’s hidden behind the words, beneath the surface.
Because the words themselves can never give me the experience I had in meditation. Reading about someone’s experience and then having your own experience are two different things.
God is Love
Read 1 John 4:16:
“God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
Those words are so powerful and yet even those words do not contain the experience of which they speak. But if you hear those words and you hear the promise behind them, then you begin to understand the reason why meditation is so important.
Meditation is just moving myself into alignment into a space of receptivity for me to receive the grace that comes from God, that comes from the source, that comes from the higher power.
What I’m going to tell you is that however you’re relating to God in this moment, that’s not for me to judge, and that’s not for me to determine that it’s right or that it’s wrong. You have your own relationship with God.
You have your own relationship with God.
And I have mine. The truth about that for me is that my experience will never be like yours. You’re going to have your own experiences in this life and you’re going to have your own understanding of those experiences and those things are shaped by who you are, the relationships you’ve had, the experiences you’ve had up until this point in your life.
Your experience is influenced by:
- How you perceive your experiences
- Who you perceive yourself to be
- The relationships you’ve had
- The experiences you’ve had up until this point in your life
- And other influences which can be very different from the experiences of others
My Way or the Highway
You and I are similar, but we’re also very different. We’ve had different experiences and we have to honor that my experience is not going to be the same as everyone else’s.
That’s a fundamental truth that I believe to the very depth of my heart and I share it with you with all sincerity. What we have to do, whatever our religion, we have to stop trying to convince other people that our beliefs and our experiences are the correct way or the right way to think about something.
There’s so much diversity in the world. There’s so much incredible diversity in the world! It’s a shame when people say to themselves and to others, “My way is the right way. This is the way that I interpret this scripture or this is the way that I interpret this experience and it’s the only way to understand it.”
When someone does this to you, it invalidates your personal experience and that’s really the heart of my message: Meditation is not about my experience, it’s about your personal experience.
Meditation is about your personal experience. No one else’s.
The answer to the question “why is meditation important?” is for you to discover through the practice of meditation and when you do that, you’re going to come into this experience, and it can be subtle.
The Importance of Meditation Can Be Subtle
Maybe for the first couple days, you meditate, and then you don’t meditate for a few weeks, or a few months, or a few years. And then you may think to yourself, “I really felt great when I was meditating,” or “I had so much creativity when I meditated.”
So maybe you will have this off and on kind of relationship with meditation.
And see, that’s an example of me projecting. I’m projecting my experience onto your experience. You may have a totally amazing experience where just for you it’s just every day you can meditate and it’s no problem. My experience was not like that. Meditation was very difficult for me to maintain a consistent and steady practice and there were a lot of reasons that contributed to that.
But what I experienced over time was that the times in my life when I meditated, things went smoother. Things were easier. I didn’t get as upset about things when they didn’t go my way.
When I didn’t meditate, things were a lot more difficult and challenging to deal with.
But even that experience is a beautiful thing! See, I don’t want you to beat yourself up if you start meditating and then you don’t meditate for a period of time and then you come back to it and then you don’t meditate and then you come back to it.
It’s totally okay! Because within that experience is the experience of ‘meditation’ and the experience of ‘not meditation’. Within that experience is what your life is like when you meditate and what your life is like when you don’t meditate.
Being able to compare and contrast those two experiences leads to wisdom. It really does!
When you begin to understand the benefits of that meditation you begin to feel like, “When I don’t do this, I’m really crabby and the people around me notice it and they don’t like me as much.”
You start to have those experiences and you’re going to start to understand why meditation is so important
How Will I Know?
In order for you to understand why meditation is important, the most important thing you can do is to start meditating!
Now is a great time to meditate!
You and I can meditate together and I invite you to meditate with me, in this moment, so that you can begin to understand why meditation is so important.
It’s going to be an experience that you have.
It’s going to be something that’s unique for you and it’s going to be about your life, not about mine.
It’s going to be about your belief, not about mine.
It’s going to be about your experience, not about mine.
I can help to guide you and I can provide you with details of my own experience, but that doesn’t mean that that’s the only way. It doesn’t mean that it’s the only path, and it doesn’t mean that you’re not going to have amazing experiences that I have something to learn from as well when you share them with me and that’s what my facebook group is all about.
It’s really about creating an environment where you and I can talk and share and respect each other no matter what our religious backgrounds are.
You have a unique inner wisdom to share with others.
I too have a unique inner wisdom to share with others.
When we do this together in a community of respect, you and I can go to great places and your experiences and your understanding can help build on mine and can help us to both become more elevated with understanding about living in love.
Ultimately, for me, that’s the core of all of it, and I said it before, God is love and whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him (her).
I invite you to close your eyes or to keep them open.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this.
We’re going to meditate together, so just gently bring your awareness into the breath.
It doesn’t matter whether your breath is long, shallow, short…
Just begin to notice your breath, breathing in and breathing out.
Focusing your awareness and your attention on the breath. So you’re just feeling the breath as it moves in and feeling it as it moves out.
If you’d like, repeat this prayer out loud:
“O’ Lord, I seek to understand and to know you through silence. I want to come to understand the importance of meditation for my own life. I am willing to offer my practice, I’m willing to offer my heart, I’m willing to offer my time, to sit in silence to know you. I humbly ask, O’ Lord, that you bestow your grace upon me. That just as I reach for you, that you will reach back and that you will help me to understand and to experience the power of sitting quietly in silence, listening and awaiting your love, your energy, your will, to move in my life.”
Join the Community of Christ Meditators
I hope in the next few days you too begin to experience why meditation is so important and the fundamental way to do that is to start your practice of meditation just as we did today.
It can be as little as one single breath, just breathing in and breathing out.
I’m grateful for you joining me today. If you have questions or comments, please leave them in the message area below.
If you’d like to contact me directly at ChristLivesInYou.com contact page. Reach out, I’m happy to help you and support you in your practice.
We have the facebook page and the facebook group too. Come join us, come be a part of community of like-minded people that are looking to experience something deeper, something more meaningful.
What I teach is not meditation for stress relief, or happiness, or lowering your blood pressure. All those things are side benefits that you might still get. So if you’re stressed out, you might experience less stress from meditation. But the fundamental purpose and the alignment of why we’re meditating is not for that purpose. It’s really about deepening your connection with a higher power.
Thanks for joining me today. If you like what you’re hearing subscribe to the YouTube channel and start to participate in your own practice of meditation today.