Does meditation make you a better person? A kind person posted a newspaper article through my door this week. The headline shouted in the negative: “Study finds meditating will not make you a better person.” I laughed out loud! You mean I’m not a better person from all these years of meditation? Hahaha!
No, I’m still me! I may have made the odd change here and there to my behaviour and beliefs, and I’ve certainly added a lot of knowledge, but I don’t think I ever expected practising the art of meditation would make me a better person.
However, there are several things I have learned during my years of meditating:
- I know how to relax quickly and easily just by focusing on my breathing;
- I regularly scan my body and can easily recognise anything new;
- I know how to observe emotions that arise in me, giving me the choice to play out the drama or just notice, accept and act in a more positive, helpful way;
- I know how to listen to my inner voice, my intuition, my heart, my soul…whatever you want to call that part that knows what’s for your highest good (and I have had some pretty good experiences from acting on that information); and
- I know that by meditating in a group every Tuesday, I have met some interesting people, made friends and shared some great energy, which has hopefully gone rippling out into the world.
By the way, the study as reported in a British national paper, only examined other studies and decided there were flaws in some of the methodologies used that found a benefit – it wasn’t new research and I haven’t had chance yet to review their methodology!
Whether meditation makes you a better person or not, there are many people, including me, who have found setting aside a few minutes on a regular basis is a worthwhile way of spending our precious time here on earth.