I really love this short video about meditation – the emphasis on the fact that meditation is not a way of getting away from things, but a way of being more fully present to everything.
When people with no knowledge of Buddhism find out that I meditate, they assume that it is all about relaxing, or blissing out. For example, when I was troubled by my back a year or so ago, the physiotherapist I saw suggested that I should meditate lying down. I complied but did tell her that this was not ideal for me, because I was so much more prone to falling asleep. She seemed confused that I would think that was a problem! She thought that meditation was for relaxation, and what could be more relaxing than nodding off to sleep?!
No, the point of meditation is not to fall asleep. The point of meditation is to WAKE UP! I think Robert Thurman explains it wonderfully. Do watch 🙂