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"How has meditation changed your life?"
fredclaymeyer — 5 years ago — in What works for me
I found a thread by that title on an online forum called Vipassana Forum—here's a link.
I think it's a pretty good question. For me, the first few answers that come to mind are:
  • I'm not as irritable as I would be otherwise. When I don't sit for a few days, I start saying and doing things I really regret.
  • I don't get overwhelmed by fear, generally.
  • I'm much more compassionate and perceptive than I would have been without a meditation practice.
  • Meditation sort of gives my life "context"—not "meaning," but a sense that I know what I'm doing here and how the whole thing works.
I'm sure there's more, but those seemed like the first few answers that came up.

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Question for January 13, 2013: Benefits of Meditation
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
When was the first time you noticed meditation helping in your life?

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
I struggle to think of a single time or place that I thought "this is because of meditation." I definitely  remember multiple times being surprised by my ability to stay "controlled" in situations when I would previously have started to become quite reactive or angry. It wasn't as though I found myself able to react wisely, but I first perceived some sense of space around my reaction to events that went different than I'd like. In being able to better see my space around the reaction, I was able to start to change it.
This feels tremendously vague, but the very vagueness of this kind of answer is one of things that I think makes it hard to feel confident that your pracitice is worth continuing to dedicate time to. This is why we created the Daily Life portrait so that vague senses over time can add up to quantifiable progress you can see. It's still not everything we'd like it to be, but I think a new meditator taking it regularly would see good progress over time.

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emmacat — 4 years ago — permalink
I vividly remember doing a 180 on a coworker I was having issues with. The very thought of this person made me nauseated, we were always snapping at each other and it was just unsustainable. Then after I had been practicing for a while (and reading a lot), one day I said hi to her in the morning, smiling. I didn't even realize I was smiling at her until I saw her puzzled look. I just started seeing her as a person and not as that person who got on my nerves. I started wondering about her life, her past, her struggles and realized she was just like me, basically. Still annoying on the job, but I looked at her actions and thought: "she's just trying to do good for herself". She's confused, not evil. And I really thought that, in a non condescending way, I felt for her and I was absolutely shocked. I started looking at people's potential instead of their shortcomings. I'm always amazed at  how meditating gives me the space to empathize with people. 

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
I started looking at people's potential instead of their shortcomings.
I really like that way of describing the distinction. It rings true to me, and I've never heard it before.

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Question for March 3, 2013: Benefits of Mediation
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
What beneficial results have you seen from frequent meditation in your life?

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fredclaymeyer — 4 years ago — permalink
I am much, much more able to be kind than if I were equipped only with ideas.

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
This is, at the most basic level, the reason I started meditating. I'd feel that I knew the value of being kind, but was regularly disappointed by my (lack of) ability to be so.
For me, the experience of being more kind is really rooted in something that feels more concrete to me, which is a sense of space around my thoughts and emotions. I found myself more able to see and say "angry feelings are rising" and thus respond to the sense that I may be unkind soon. Before, I might randomly find myself shouting without any warning or mental space to correct for the fact that feelings of anger were rising up.

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undragonslayer7 — 4 years ago — permalink
I am more motivated towards things that are important to me. Working in tandem with that, I am far more able to set my own goals and not feel guilty about disgregarding artificial milestones society and 'authorities' set for me. I am also happier and much more able to love my friends, feeling in tune with their emotions.
The largest benefit by far has been my ability to appreciate things in the present, including the present itself. Whenever I find myself bored now I can just look around me and see the incredible beauty and significance of nature and humanity alike.

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Shakuhachi — 4 years ago — permalink
Frequent meditation helps me to feel more integrated, more whole, more centered.  Without it I notice I can get to feel out of phase with myself, out of kilter.  I think some people, need it more than others and I am one who needs it.

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Question for November 8, 2015: Benefits of Meditation
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
When was the first time you noticed meditation helping in your life?

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Question for December 6, 2015: Benefits of Meditation
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
What beneficial results have you seen from frequent meditation in your life?