I ran into a lull in my meditation practice, so I’ve started making a list of reasons as to why I meditate, or want to meditate. Here it is.
Special effects For me, meditation leads to all the special effects I’ve written about on this website: Lucid dreams, visions, precognition, OBEs, and more.
Improved concentration Meditation improves concentration, and this will help me in my work. I still have too many background thoughts when I work, like “Why am I doing this?”, “I wish I was [fill in the blank] instead of working”, and so on. Meditation helps to quiet this noisy mind.
Energy I feel lighter and more energetic when I meditate. I think that’s because I don’t have a bunch of background thoughts wearing me down.
Nicer person I tend to be a nicer person when I meditate. I feel more love and compassion for others. Put the other way, I can be a bear to live with when I don’t meditate.
Pain relief As I get older and closer to death, I know that I have to deal with pain on a fairly regular basis, and it will only get worse if I die a slow death from something like cancer. It will be incredibly beneficial to me at that time if I’m a very good meditator.
Enlightenment I think the biggest detriment to my meditation practice lately is that I don’t care about enlightenment any more. I think at some level I do care about enlightenment, but ... I don’t feel it. I need to talk to someone about this, or be more honest with myself, but at the moment, I’m happy with OBEs and the like.
I’ll add more thoughts here as time goes on, but for the moment, these are my motivations to meditate.