Why Practice?

There are a lot of good reasons to meditate every day. What is yours? 

Some people want to relieve suffering, stress, and anxiety. Others are looking to improve concentration and the ability to focus. Some of us have a desire to really examine our life and to ask the big questions; why am I here? What is my purpose? And still others are trying to support their spiritual life.  

The last 15 years have generated a multitude of academic studies that extol the medical and emotional benefits of meditation. Thousands of years of individual experience point to the spiritual growth of a committed daily practice. 

The most important thing about meditation is that we do it.  

None of the multitude of benefits of practice can be realized without sitting down, confronting our mind, letting go of thoughts, and returning to the breath over and over again. Developing the habit of the daily practice is challenging but the rewards are worth it. 

Knowing why we practice gives us a great well of strength to draw on. 

When my motivation to sit daily is waning, having a clear understanding of my drive to practice is a powerful motivator for continuing to get to the cushion. I meditate to continue to cultivate compassion and clarity in my life. I don’t know how I got lucky enough to enjoy the life I do today but I want to do the work to continue it.  

Why do you meditate? I’d love to hear how your practice is going and why you are committed to a daily meditation practice. I hope you are doing well my friend! 

Anthony A. Cernera, M.Ed.


Beginner's Crash Course: 90 Minute Introduction to Meditation

This Sunday, September 14, 2014 6pm EST

This free course is my best attempt to give you all the tools you need to develop a daily meditation practice. We meet by conference call so you can join us from the comfort of your own home! Reply to this emailZenHappinessProject@gmail.com to RSVP and get call in details!