10 Great Reasons to Meditate

“Meditate: Daily relaxation exercises may cut the risk of death from heart attack by 30 percent and cancer by 49 percent.”

The light I read by was dim, so I held the magazine nearly to my nose. Yep, that’s what it said.

Cancer runs in my family. Both of my parents, my grandmother, and too-many aunts and uncles all died of it. But the good news, at least for me, is that I’ve been meditating for nigh onto 28 years.

Where is the brilliance in this? The brilliance is that we can all differ from our conditioning, veer from our heredity, and defy our programming to live creative, passionate, and joy-filled lives.

I believe that meditation is the foundation for this change.

Why? Our minds are like trap doors that lead to everything musty and old: outdated fears, old hurts, and out-of-focus pictures. By working with the mind, by using patient, comfortable awareness, we shine the light inside that trap door. Things shift. Slowly. Subtlety. We move to a new state of mind, then another and another. We become the change we envision, for ourselves and for the planet. Slowly. Subtlety.

And we have fun along the way.

“Fun? But isn’t meditation boring?” people ask me. “Try it and see,” I usually say to those I teach.

For you, here are my top 10 reasons for meditating:

10. You better remember why you walked into a room

9. You smile more and grind your teeth less

8. You see beauty in the most unlikely places—the face of of child with a runny nose, a wrinkled old toothless smile, a heap of grass clippings.

7. You develop a sense of humor, especially about yourself

6. You have the feeling you do after an hour of yoga—but without the exercise

5. Your obnoxious uncle/aunt/cousin doesn’t bother you as much

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Marina Spence is the founder of The Pink Edge, an author, management consultant, speaker and teacher of meditation.

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Gita Gita
Gita Gita4 years ago

There is Brahmakumaris meditation...that relaxes the mind...nurtures a healthy balance between inner and outer worlds...

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

Thanks - that was uplifting reading.

I do like the way you use clarity in setting out the benefits of meditation, especially :

4. Your intuition becomes your secret advisor
3. Your heart heals, and holds more love
2. You feel stillness as deep as the ocean
1. Ecstasy

what happiness !!!

Carole H.
Carole H4 years ago

I agree meditation is great but hate it when articles do not do what they say - 10 good reasons - but we will only give you 6 and for the top 4 you have to visit our site - huh meditation does not make you generous it seems.

A F.
Athena F4 years ago


Brian Schrader
Brian Schrader4 years ago

Once I discovered what exactly meditation was, I realized that I have been doing it for years. I can do it while walking, sitting, riding bicycle, laying down, etc. It is a great tool for improving your life.

Denise Morley
Denise Morley4 years ago

Good reasons! Thanks for sharing :)

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper4 years ago


Mac C.
mac C4 years ago

I love each of your 10 reasons and each could stand on its own as a reason to meditate. But I especially appreciate your last line -------------- "My advice about meditation, which I learned from a wise one, is simple: don't leave the house without having done it, since the only bad meditation is the one you didn't do." Good advice and a lovely article. Thank you!

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Only 10??????????