How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)?
I've had anger and impatience issues for some time, and meditation has come up time and again as a potential solution, or at least something that could help me. The problem is that I've never been able to understand what's supposed to happen, and whatever that is, I've never been able to make it happen.
I posted this question
a couple of years ago, and while I've mellowed a little since then, I still have anger issues and still don't get meditation.
What's the attraction here? How does sitting in a room thinking about nothing
help one? All the good things in my life have either come from thinking or dumb luck, and meditation doesn't seem to enhance either. What's going on here? Why is it good? How can I make it better?
Maybe I'm just stupid, but I don't see how doing nothing
is supposed to help one. Every time I've tried meditation, I've gotten restless and would rather have been watching a video or jacking off or checking my email or whatever, and I haven't been able to see how putting my head into neutral gets me any forwarder.
I have a scientific mind; my approach to health is essentially "clinical trials with p
< 0.05 or GTFO." I deny the existence of all gods, spirits, saints, and other metaphysical entities; so-called "answers" citing them are nonresponsive.
Bottom line: how and why does meditation work, and how does one get the most out of it without selling your integrity to some tin-pot guru or god?