padma norbu wrote:??
I typically read stuff about mediation that it helps you to deal with stress and clears your head, allowing you to think much better.
Well, non-meditation might be different. How does it affect you?
I personally seem to find that my brain doesn't want to think about stuff, which is difficult when I am trying to figure out some programming stuff and my brain just seems to put on its brakes.
I don't know what's going on or if it related to my practices, but my brain is on vacation and doesn't look like it ever wants to come back.
If you do things properly you will have a sharper, more coherent and more creative thinking. You will work much better, faster and will feel less tired.
There's a caveat
though. Your life priorities may change and you may feel that you should invest your time in activities more conducive to the Path. With the right teacher, you may also discover that after some time almost every activity can be used as so. Doing things the right way is a little less easier than it seems. There are subtle hindrances that screw one's practice if not overcome.
If you do things in the wrong way... who knows? You may get depressed, sluggish, exhausted and so on. You may start having a lot of conflicts inside your mind about what you should be doing, how so and what not...
So, having a very good teacher is important, especially because western life brings a lot of challenges if we are to practice more or less "traditionally". It's not like we can go to a retreat and people take care of us while we practice.