1. Meditation is a great energizer. The more often we engage in peaceful contemplation, the less we engage with anxiety and distress – freeing up valuable time and daily energy.
If you want to run faster, remove all obstructions. There is little more you need to do. – Yogaswami
2. Meditation helps us to observe the mind in action. When we allow our thoughts to pass by without judging them, we see how much useless, nervous noise takes up precious mental space!
Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. – Swami Muktananda
3. Meditation helps us slow down. It gives us respite from the demands of the outer world so we can reconnect with our true, peaceful nature.
Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand. Return to the root and you will find Meaning. – Jianzhi Sengcan
4. Meditation strengthens the spirit. Just as our body requires nourishment, there is a deeper part of ourselves that requires support and sustenance.
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C.S. Lewis
5. Meditation encourages compassion. Discovering what exists inside is the first step towards creating outer change.
Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. – Thich Nhat Hanh
6. Meditation tempers the ego. We begin to see that our hopes and fears are not as extreme as they may seem, and ideally we learn to walk the Middle Way between desire and abstinence.
The soul naturally longs to meditate because it wishes to communicate with the Spirit. If you experience a mental resistance in meditation, just remember that what resists is the ego, not the soul. – Paramahansa Yogananda
7. Meditation helps us embrace ourselves. We make time to make peace with who we are, who we have been, and who we are going to become.
Meditation is not about getting out of ourselves or achieving something better. It is about getting in touch with what you already are. – Pema Chodron
8. Meditation keeps us grounded. In an overly wired world, meditation is a way to maintain a presence in the present moment.
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. – Sharon Salzberg
9. Meditation awakens us to the here and now. Through practice we become fully aware of ourselves and our surroundings.
Meditation essentially means awareness. Whenever you are completely aware, this is meditation. It can be done while walking and listening to birds with your full attention. Just giving direct attention to the chatter of your mind is meditation. – Osho
10. Meditation teaches patience. We learn not to get frustrated easily, and not to give up on the things that are important to us.
Mindfulness is the key to meditation, as well as continuous effort. Do not expect results right away. Just keep practicing. – Dalai Lama