As we start 2014 and our new meditation course begins, some of us will be returning to meditation after the Christmas break. Others did a course months or years ago and then intended to continue regularly at home. Of these, some have continued and some have not. Some have been meditating for years, continuously or off and on. Whatever the circumstances, along the way, we may develop our own perspective of what meditation is like, what it isn’t like, when it’s good and when it’s bad. In other words, we bring our own ‘stuff’ to our meditation. We have our own ideas of why we meditate but are these helpful?
Pema Chodron is an American born Buddhist nun who has written many books which have inspired people with her straighforward ‘tell it like it is’ style. In this article, she describes five reasons to meditate, namely Steadfastness, Clear Seeing, Courage, Attention and No Big Deal. Anyone who is looking for clear, reliable reasons to meditate will find her words inspiring.