Chögyam Trungpa on why we meditate
Meditation is an ordinary, simple practice. The hard part is making the decision to sit and committing to 20, 30, or 40 minutes of silence.
Chögyam Trungpa, the Buddhist master who created the Shambhala Training method of meditation, gave us a crystal clear argument for why we should practice in his book Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and I share it here:
By meditation we mean something very basic and simple that is not tied to any one culture. We are talking about a very basic act: sitting on the ground, assuming a good posture, and developing a sense of our spot, our place on this earth. This is the means of rediscovering ourselves and our basic goodness, the means to tune ourselves in to genuine reality, without any expectations or preconceptions.
In the Shambhala tradition meditation is simply training our state of being so that our mind and body can be synchronized.
Our life is an endless journey; it is like a broad highway that extends infinitely into the distance. The practice of meditation provides a vehicle to travel on that road. Our journey consists of constant ups and downs, hope and fear, but it is a good journey. The practice of meditation allows us to experience all the textures of the roadway, which is what the journey is all about. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to find that within ourselves there is no fundamental complaint about anything or anyone at all.
So you see, meditation and the mindfulness it produces not only cultivates an open orientation to every present moment, but it also allows us to appreciate the long, precious arc of our life.