Real meditation is hard, there’s no doubt about it. It’s hard to focus. It’s hard to quiet the mind, when there are so many thoughts coming in and you feel like you can’t control it (which you can’t). It’s hard to find time to meditate. It’s hard to stick with the habit. It’s hard to stick with the meditation itself: The most common experience when you’re sitting in meditation is to wish you weren’t sitting in meditation! All of it is hard.
But that’s part of what makes it worthwhile.
If you’re able to sit for 20 minutes without moving your body and with concentrated focus in trying to still your mind, then you will be able to do ANYTHING in this life.
Meditation builds strength of mind.
It builds character.
Perhaps most useful of all though, it builds the muscle of discipline.
If you are able to stick with a regular practice of meditation, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!
The things in life worth doing typically are those that take time.
Adopting a simple habit of 20 minutes of meditation every day will give you the ability to accomplish whatever else you set your mind to.
It’s a brilliant system, really.
Build the strength of mind through meditation, and you have clarity of purpose.
Build the strength of habit through meditation, and you have the skill to be applied to anything else you want to tackle.
These are fully transferable skills that will make you a powerhouse in whatever you choose to do in this life.
The other cool thing about meditation?
When you meditate on a regular basis, you’re voting with your ACTIONS in your life. You’re saying that YOU MATTER. You’re putting your long-term needs ahead of the pull towards instant gratification. It’s an exceptionally healthy thing to do.
You’re saying that you’re worth it.
You’re investing in yourself.
You’re willing to put up with some short-term discomfort right now, in order to find out what it will deliver later on.
That’s a sign of maturity, and it’s also a very smart way to live.
There are untold other benefits to meditation which you’ll need to discover for yourself.
But from a purely practical perspective, meditation is totally worth it!