“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging.”
~Bob Sharples, Meditation: Calming the Mind.
In a recent Huffington Post article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html) twenty different benefits of mindful meditation are discussed. Research is sighted supporting these reasons to meditate. And they are good reasons!
However, lost in all this support for meditation is the essential motivation for meditation, self love. Mindfulness and meditation is about your relationship with yourself. It’s about reconnecting with “you”, reconnecting with your body and observing your mind. It enhances the ability to focus attention which promotes present awareness. It can stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system which can calm the body.
Ultimately, self love is good for us, as well as for society. The better we feel about ourselves the more compassion and loving-kindness we bring to the world.
Go on, give yourself a meditation hug.