So if you aren’t motivated to meditate because you see it as a path to forge a relationship with yourself, maybe this Huffington Post article from Ed and Deb Shapiro will help change your mind.
According to the Shapiros, it’s baffling as to why people, knowing that it can lead to a less than timely death, would choose drinking, smoking, and eating as their coping mechanism of choice rather than meditation. Unfortunately, the root cause of these behaviors, a dislike in one self, once entrenched, is hard to break. Even more of a reason to pay attention to these ways meditation can save your life.
From releasing stress, anger and fear, to generating appreciation, kindness and compassion, meditation holds within in it the possibility to be with what is. A stance that could just save your life.
Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce our self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there is no way of putting a brake on the ego’s demands. Stepping out of the conceptual mind, however, does not mean stepping into nowhere or nothing; it does not mean that there is no connection to a worldly reality. Rather, it is stepping into sanity and, more importantly, into even greater connectedness. Then we have no more need to do ourselves harm!
Read the other ways meditation can save your life here.