5 Reasons for Taking Up Meditation
Many people start to meditate in order to find peace and serenity, or to reduce their stress level. These are two very good reasons, and research validates them. The Buddhist tradition also supports them. Serenity meditation, or calming the mind, is an essential part of Vipassana, a basic Buddhist meditation practice, and we have Buddha’s own words in support of the use of meditation for stress reduction: ”I teach only two things: suffering and the end of suffering.“ The original word he used for suffering, Dukkha, has many connotations, and is now translated by some scholars as stress.
Here are three other reasons I have discovered in the course of my thirty-year adventure with meditation: