Martin Källström wrote:
Would you care to elaborate on your claim that meditation is beneficial but that you do it without trying to attain the benefits?
While it is not my quote, may I offer an opinion?
There is a lot of psychological damage done by the idea that I am not enough, what I do is not enough, and where I am is not enough. Its like the carrot in front of the horse.
Just to sit, and be okay, without trying to change or get anywhere, is no only the goal, but the journey. It overcome internal judgements.
Also, to split your awareness between what you are doing and where you want to go, takes away form the lesson you are learning in the moment. The more we think about self-defense and belt promotion, the less attention we pay to the lesson/training we are currently doing that will help get us there.
It is pardoxical. Life is.
Hope this helps muddy the water just a little less. There is no real way to explain it rationally.