Why Meditate?

Dear reader: If you wish you did more meditating than you do now, you might want to check out my book, Dailyness. Below is an excerpt.


Why meditate?

My favorite answer to that question is: to reduce unhappiness.

Sure, there are plenty of other answers. People meditate to boost productivity and increase focus. Or to improve their disposition -to make themselves more patient, less irritable, more yielding, less selfish. Other reasons to meditate are to attain spiritual enlightenment and to suppress stress. And then there’s plain old curiosity -to see what will happen -because nothing else has worked.

Why do we desire so many changes in ourselves? It’s because everyone wants less unhappiness in their lives, and each of the changes I just listed reduces unhappiness, for the meditator, and for the meditator’s circle. What drives the changes? It’s the simplest thing. Mindful breathing. Every mindful breath has the desired effect of reducing unhappiness.

If you think so too, and if you wish you did more mindful breathing, there’s a good chance you would benefit from reading my book: Dailyness − How to Sustain a Meditation Practice.


Dailyness is available in print, ebook, and audiobook at all the usual places.