▼davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalinkThis 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.
▼undragonslayer7 — 5 years ago — permalinkI 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.