Why I Meditate

Meditation and Rilke’s Unsayable Spaces

Oshan Jarow
Sep 17, 2018 · 5 min read
Ginsberg leading a sit-in

Meditating 30 minutes a day, from age 21 until the American male average of 79 yields 10,585 hours, or 441 full days in meditation. Why spend 1.21 years sitting with eyes closed, legs crossed, doing nothing? What kind of anticlimactically meek response to philosophy’s old question — how to live — is plopping down on a cushion and breathing?