I Don’t Like Meditating. Here’s Why I Do It Anyway

An excerpt from I Don’t Like Meditating. Here’s Why I Do It Anyway by Jason Brick

As much as I’m loath to admit it, I’m not a fan of meditation. It comes unnaturally to me, despite my 36 years of martial arts study and interest in self-improvement, health-hacking, and general enlightenment.

I realize this speaks poorly of me as a person, kind of like my opinions on aikido, jazz music, pumpkin pie, and “A Prairie Home Companion.” That I’m not fond of them doesn’t mean they’re bad, it means I’m not as good as I could be.

Worse yet, when I do regularly meditate, I find my life is better. Stress is lower, my health improves. I can focus more on my work, and am less likely to say things I regret to my friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Problems seem smaller. I seem bigger.

And I’m not alone. Over the past few decades, a host of research has supported the conclusion that meditation is good for us, and that we should all meditate a few minutes each day.


Problems seem smaller. I seem bigger.


Meditation has been found again, and again (and again) to reduce stress, with all the physical, social, and emotional benefits that provides.


Multiple studies have found meditation can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.


In 2003, researchers learned that regular meditation helped to boost immune function.


Meditation can help control pain, according to several studies, including these in 2016 and 2017.

That’s just the tip of that particular iceberg. Bottom line: meditation is good for me, and for you, no matter how much we might not want to do it. Kind of like eating a vegetarian meal once or twice a week.

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I Don’t Like Meditating. Here’s Why I Do It Anyway

 BY Jason Brick

Brick, Jason. "I Don’t Like Meditating. Here’s Why I Do It Anyway." Healthline. 25 Mar. 2019. 30 Sept. 2019 <https://www.healthline.com/health/enlightened-meditation#1>.

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I choose this article because it speaks, in plain language, about the struggles with meditating for those first trying, and even those who are seasoned. It's a real talk article, and I think our members would enjoy hearing his perspective and relate.