Updated February 14, 2014.
So, Why Meditate?
At About Meditation we share with you a lot of the benefits of meditating. But, do you ever wonder if there are any good reasons not to meditate?
Have fun reading this ‘tongue in cheek’ list of the Top Ten Reasons Why We Should Never Meditate compiled by Erric Solomon of What Meditation Really Is:
10. I like being stressed out and on edge most of the time.
9. It’s too old school. How can something that people have done for thousands of years have any relevance now?
8. Why would anyone want to get to know their own mind? The little bit that I’ve seen of my mind convinces me it’s time to get to know someone else’s!
7. It’s too popular. I refuse to follow the crowd even when something is really good for me.
6. I am too distracted by my thoughts and emotions to remember to meditate.
5. Who wants to be teased by their friends for having too much equanimity?
4. If everyone meditated the world might become a peaceful, boring place without all that exciting anger and aggression.
3. I have so little time to surf the web, and catch up on Facebook as it is.
2. Meditation seems too much like sitting around doing nothing.
And the number one reason never to meditate is:
1. I would rather tirelessly think about the same thoughts and emotions over and over again in a seemingly endless loop than learn to rest peacefully in my own natural awareness.
So why meditate? Because, according to this list above, meditating just isn’t cool
But really, if you’re not convinced by these top ten reasons, we encourage you to explore the many different paths and practices of meditation. Whether you’re seeking relief from stressful emotions, space around a busy mind, or access to greater depths of your own being, meditation can help you.
Do you have any valid arguments against meditation? Or, do you have any other amusing reasons why not to mediate? We’d love to hear your thoughts.