One reason to meditate could be kindness. Strangely enough, being kind to ourselves could remain a mystery to some of us.
What do I mean by kindness in the context of meditation?
Whenever we are stressed or struggle with some disturbing emotions … When our mind is running wild and confused … Whenever we are stuck in the past or the future …
Then giving yourself a break is kindness.
Being in the present is kindness.
Letting be is kindness.
Meditation is a learning process where we can develop a new relationship with our thoughts and emotions.
Everybody will have thousands and thousands of thoughts every day.
How many of theses thoughts are meaningful?
How many of them drives us crazy?
How many of theses thoughts are real?
When we can settle into the space of our meditation practice, our thoughts don’t have to be rejected as outcasts or undesirable. They don’t need to be followed like an obsession or an addiction. Thoughts come and go.
And there is such an incredible kindness to let them come and go without interfering. By just being a witness, that’s all.
What would be the outcome if we could practice in this way?
Thrangu Rinpoche writes:
“When we achieve the state of shamatha (tranquility meditation) all the purposeless thoughts cease while the meaningful and purposeful thoughts becomes stronger and clearer. We achieve understanding, wisdom and clarity. If you meditate in that way, although consciousness itself does not cease, thoughts will become less and less.”