For hundreds of years, teachers and healers alike have talked about the benefits of meditation. Now, science is jumping on the train with numerous studies detailing the physical and mental benefits that a meditation practice can have on your life. So why do you meditate? Is it to decrease stress and anxiety? Maybe it’s to lower your blood pressure?
Arjuna Ardagh discusses his reason for meditating in this latest Huffington Post. And believe it or not, it’s not a complex motivation. According to Ardagh, the reason he meditates is because he loves it. While some might want to over think his response, the basis for his love is probably the most beneficial benefit of all that a meditation practice can have. The opportunity to return home.
If you’re out and about in the town and someone texts you to go to a movie, you might want to read the reviews to see if it’s worth spending the time. You need a reason to watch a film. If someone invites you out to dinner, you also have to consider, “What kind of food?” “Can I afford it?” and “Do I like the people that invited me?” The same would be true for almost any other kind of activity that involves going out somewhere. But you don’t need justification for eventually going home. Home is where you live. Home is where it’s comfortable. Home is where it’s familiar. Home is where you find peace. Home is where you rejuvenate. And so it is, for me and most of the people I know, one by one every external reason for meditation has dropped away, and you’re just left with meditation itself.
Read more from Ardagh on why he practices meditation here.