Nonetheless, necessary for reflection, vision, clarity, and some sort of peace.
It's admittedly the weirdest fucking thing to sit cross-legged on the floor or on a bed in quietness purposely breathing. When I say purposely, what I'm saying is we are conscious of something that we normally give no thought to, and do it in such a way that we are trying to AND simultaneously doing it. That is, just being there. So, besides EVERYTHING leading me in this direction, what actually got me to sit down and meditate is a funny simple book entitled, Buddha Walks Into a Bar.
It's like an every-dayer's guide to meditation and Buddhism with some valuable principles to live by. The most useful I've found so far is the teaching that all things should be done with one intention: be kind to ourselves. So, while being present to the world takes practice, it's so obviously useful that I can't argue it anymore.
Paying attention to your breath makes you present, and it teaches your mind how to be present, and that is the most important thing you can do to live right now.