When people ask me:
“What’s the purpose of meditation?”
I always have to pause. Even though I practice everyday and I teach mindfulness, it’s difficult to answer that question. I wanna say just practice itself is the purpose, but I can also say to be there fully for your loved ones… or to be happier and kinder… or to be better at life (maybe not lol). I pause because if anyone starts meditation to get somewhere or somehing, that may cause more confusion and stress. Because things may not be going to be the way you want it to be.
When I meditated to be calmer, sometimes it happened but sometimes it didn’t. And when it didn’t, I got even more frustrated meditating. I may have missed the point (if any) of meditation there. Just to be with whatever arising. One quote from Bhagavad-gītā says;
“The secret of human freedom is to act well without attachment to the result.”
It’s so hard to understand though!!! I wanna do things and get better! But it’s saying that it’s not the case. It ties to kindness will result in kindness but not the way you expect or imagine. The tomato seeds will grow into tomatos not watermelons but you can’t control how red or how big or when it’s going to be ripen…. am I making sense?
So for me the purpose of meditation is just to do it. And on the course of it, I may be kinder and happier. It’s a bonus!!