The spectrum of reasons why people become interested in meditation is vast. Choosing to meditate is a personal choice, and depends on many factors. If you are considering trying meditation, maybe you don’t know why you should meditate, other than the fact that mindfulness and meditation articles are everywhere in the popular media, encouraging you to do it.
After teaching over 1,000 people to meditate, the most popular reason people want to learn to meditate has become clear to me: stress management. For those who stick with the practice, what they soon realize is that the benefits are many and often wonderfully surprising.
It is challenging to succinctly define the benefits of meditation, because everyone is different and will benefit in their own unique way. Different types of meditation can produce different results. However, one thing is clear to me: if you cultivate the practice of meditation and make it part of your lifestyle toolkit, the more benefit you will see.
Simply put, here is why people meditate:
- To better deal with busy and stressful lives.
- To create more joy in life.
- For spiritual growth. Meditation does not need to be a religious or spiritual practice, but can be a beautiful practice to cultivate a connection with something bigger than yourself, whatever your belief system may be.
- To improve their health. When the mind is calm, the body is calm, and it creates an environment for the body to heal. The multitude of health benefits has been demonstrated in recent years, and continues to be actively researched. In fact, The Harvard Business Review is now recommending that health insurers cover wellness and prevention-oriented therapies that are both low-cost and evidence-based, as both yoga and meditation. See: “Now and Zen: How mindfulness can change your brain and improve your health”
If you are already a meditator, keep observing your experiences in meditation and how it affects your daily life. If you are new to meditation, be open and curious, and learn to observe how it benefits you.
Wendy Quan, founder of The Calm Monkey, is the industry leader helping organizations implement mindfulness meditation programs and combining change management techniques to create personal and organizational change resiliency. She trains passionate meditators to become workplace facilitators through workshops and online training.
Wendy is a certified organizational change manager who has been recognized as a pioneer by the University of California, Berkeley and the global Association of Change Management Professionals. Her client list includes individuals from around the world and organizations such as Google. Her life’s purpose is to help people create a better experience of life.