Meditation: 5 Reasons To Not Do It
You have heard about meditation - it's the new hip thing. They tell you to do it, but you don’t know if it is worth it. Let us help you make up your mind.
1. You will lose your daily companions
Let’s face it, we love ourselves, and we have grown accustomed to our predominant habitual feelings. Stress is one of them, and we have made a conscious choice to be stressful most of the waking hours. Mediating will mean that you will have to let go of your stress, and replace it with calm. You might feel very uncomfortable with the new alien feeling of peace of mind. The reason you are so successful is because you are stressed all the time and you think about solutions to your problems every minute — your work problems, your relationship problems, your life problems. You are so used to trying to solve them all the time because you are a warrior! (Doesn’t really matter if you actually solve them.)
2. You won't be sleepless
It will kill the plan that you and your best friends — stress and anxiety — have so meticulously crafted for your uneventful evenings. There is a distinct pleasure in rolling in your bed worrying about the laundry list of problems. If you sleep, who will take care of all those problems?
Moreover, if you really wanted to sleep, you can always pop a few sleeping pills. And if they make you groggy the next morning, you will have an excuse to consume lots of delicious coffee, and then you can continue the cycle of caffeine, and sleeping pills. You don’t need meditation when you can just ingest a few chemicals.
And as experience tells us, worrying alone can solve most of the problems of the world - take a look at Twitter.
3. You will have to feel your feelings
You work hard, you drink lots of caffeine, you text, and you are addicted to social media –– all so that you can avoid those feelings of anger, shame, resentment, and fear. You have mastered the art of suppressing those feelings, or rather delaying their onset until a later time. When you sit quietly to meditate, you will end up facing those ugly feelings and likely end up minimizing them. Do you really want to do that? After all, you are so used that friendly mental-misery that comes from the background noise of those feelings.
4. It decreases your anxiety
Anxiety keeps you on your toes. It is your anxiety that keeps you up all night trying to solve your problems, so that you can sleep well one day — doesn’t matter if that day never comes. They say life is a journey, not a destination. If anxiety is really a problem, chemists got your back. There are many benefits to taking benzos, for example, see this.
5. Who has the time?
Finally, who has 20 minutes to waste on sitting quietly? Your friend just tagged you in a picture on Facebook. Wouldn’t you want to ‘like’ it? Then there is TV, your twitter feed – so many things to do. You have only 1440 minutes in a day, and you don’t want 20 of them go down in the drain. And what will you get out of it? Lower anxiety, better sleep, peace of mind, improved brain cognition? As we discussed earlier, they are not worth it.
In all seriousness, meditation has a great number of benefits, both on physical and mental level. It can improve emotional stability, happiness, peace of mind, calm, focus, immune system, and energy level. You should do it; it is easy. Here is a good video on meditation.