Change comes from desperation or inspiration. Why wait until you hit desperation before you commit to doing something you’ve always thought would be good for you? If you’re already at desperation, hopefully you’re easier to convince because you’ve got nothing to lose.
Meditation only results in benefits and I am yet to find a downside or a negative side effect. It’s very likely to be the least risky health measure to implement.
The weight of scientific evidence to support it’s effectiveness is impressive. It benefits the health of the mind and body as well as boosting emotional wellbeing. There are measurable changes seen in the body as a result of regular meditation. It leads to actual physical changes! Not just wish-washy “I feel great” changes, for you skeptics. It also improves your relationships with others around you. It can make life easier as you become more aware of yourself and your thought patterns, enabling you to guide them to be more positive. You will become the master of your time as you become more productive. Everyone is pushed for time these days, right? It is the one thing that most regular meditators say; ‘I now have more time!’. Surely, do it just for that reason!
It may seem like the current health trend but seriously, everyone should be meditating as a daily habit! What ever problem my patients bring to me, my solution is always meditation. You’re feeling depressed? Meditate. You’re in pain? Meditate. You have a cold? Meditate. Meditation is always the answer. Sometimes it’s medication, but it’s always meditation. If I prescribe medications, I inform patients to use meditation to help them heal and increase the chance of the medication working for them. You’ve heard of the placebo effect right? If you don’t think a medication is going to work, it is less likely to work. If you think it will work, it is more likely to work (even if you’re not taking a drug at all and just taking a sugar pill). So, I offer patients a path that leads to the most chance of recovery. Meditation, less medication or meditation and medication. So, really why not meditate?