“I’d really like to practice meditation, but I just don’t have the time in my busy life,” is a comment people often make to us. We need to understand that just as the physical body needs food and water to survive, the soul needs the sustenance drawn from meditation to flourish. Once we begin this practice in our life, we realize that we can’t survive properly without it. Then we make time for meditation, because our soul craves it.

Why Meditate: Benefits of Meditation by Nayaswami Devi Novak, disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.For forty-six years now I’ve been practicing daily meditation, and I know what it has done for me. Let me share with you why I meditate:

I meditate because life can be overwhelming in its outer intensity and demands. My energy becomes depleted and dissipated unless I withdraw to the calm center of my being to refresh and recharge.

I meditate because the complexity and fractured nature of the world makes concentration almost impossible. I love to feel the power of a focused mind, and to bring this concentration to everything I do, perceive, and feel.

I meditate because the sorrows and losses I experience in life sometimes bring great pain to my heart. Friends and loved ones can offer me some solace, but I find true, lasting comfort and peace only in offering my pain into God’s loving presence.

I meditate because the joys and fulfillments in life are also sometimes more beautiful than I can bear. I need to sit quietly and thank God not only for His gifts, but most especially for His constant love.

I meditate because I feel confined and limited when all I experience of myself is my ego. I love the freedom of knowing that I am but a small spark of a much greater reality.

I meditate because questions and decisions arise every day that need wisdom and subtlety to address properly. When I offer these problems to God during meditation, I often receive an answer that is the perfect solution, one my limited mind would never have perceived.

I meditate because it centers my mind on God, and allows me to pray for others with greater effectiveness.

I meditate because there is a wellspring of love in my heart that yearns to flow to and merge with the ocean of God’s love.

I meditate because when my mind is calm and interiorized, I feel my guru’s presence guiding and blessing me.

I meditate because it is the only way that I can know that I am a bubble of God’s joy.

With deepest joy,
Nayaswami Devi


  1. Devi,
    Thank you for this posting. It is so beautiful it is like a short meditation in itself. Thank you for reminding us what we can find in meditation.
    joy and blessings to all,

    1. Beautifully expressed! And extremely helpful to me as a long time meditator. Good reminders, perfect timing for me. Blessings to you!

  2. This is so beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing this with us! Blessings of love and peace to all!

  3. Truly inspiring! The piece encourages one to continue meditation. Thanks a lot, Devi.

  4. Good and beneficial for all and especially those who are spiritually inclined.

  5. In my yoga classes, meditation group and life in general I often refer to “the grace” that flows into ones life from even the humblest of meditation practices… I will be sharing these reasons to meditate on facebook and in to my class email list… I realize, after reading your blog post that not everyone can relate to words like “grace”… What you’ve written will be helpful to many…

  6. Blessings and thanks for writing such a beautiful article. It is well received.

  7. Thank you, Devi. This is expressed so beautifully and sensitively. It was obviously inspired by your own meditation.

  8. mm

    Once again your article was very inspiring! It caused me to sit back and ask myself…..Ok, why do you meditate brindey?
    The answer came….it is the best way for me to let God know I love Him/Her!
    Thank you so much Sri Deviji!!

  9. Very beautiful dear Devi. Tears fill my eyes with love and understanding in reading this. I thank God for beautiful souls like you to be part of my life.

  10. Dear Nayaswami Devi Ji, Thank yo for the article :).. I was wondering and worried about how to allocate time for meditation and felt bad at times if I don’t meditate. This article of yours is an answer to my thoughts. With Gods & Gurus Grace I wish to mediate every day and deeply.
    Thank you Again

  11. This article is very inspiring and also a beautiful message. Thank you so much for sharing the light
    Love, Bona

  12. My sincere thanks to you Yotishji and Deviji for the soul-touching excerpts and thank the all-pervading Divine Mother for everything.

  13. Thanks Devi, for such a beautiful overview of the many facets of meditation.

  14. Dear Devi,
    You’ve done it again!
    Outta the ballpark!
    Thank You!!

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