Ben Crawford December 11, 2020

Why I Meditate

I have often been asked by my peers about why I meditate. I wish the answer was a simple, straightforward one – however, the reason keeps changing as I grow and learn.

I first found mindfulness and meditation when I read “The Art of Happiness” by The Dalia Lama in 2009, in Vietnam. When I first started meditating, I was looking to gain great insights into the mysteries of life, and for the quest to enlightenment. Along the way, I found the little things – the little things that changed my life in a way no great insight could.

“We live in an interdependent reality. Interdependence is essential for good leaders; good team players; a successful marriage or family life; in organizations. Interdependence is the attitude of “we”: we can co-operate; we can be a team; we can combine our talents.”

— Stephen Covey, The 7 habits of highly effective people (1998)

My meditation routine is a true testament to this quote by Covey. We meditate in a group, which facilitates teamwork and commitment to our respective personal goals, fostering mutual respect. Meditation has become more than just a quest, it has become routine. I do get insights, but mainly, I feel it has helped me build habits that have enabled me to succeed in lifepersonally, as well as professionally.

The breaks I take to meditate themselves are healthy habits that I wouldn’t have inculcated if not for mindfulness and meditation. And, in the end, its healthy habits that enable successful lives – and that is what has allowed me to make decisions that are contingent to my happiness.

Now, for me, mindfulness is a way of life.

 

If you too would like to try out meditation for yourself, join us this Monday on Zoom – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4192121491

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