We often don’t recognize that a meditative state is arising because it doesn’t fit our idea of how it’s supposed to be. We think it’s supposed to happen immediately or that we’ll see colors or go into a deeply altered state. But if you’re like many people, the effects of meditation may not really show up while you’re sitting. Instead, you’ll feel them later in your day—in subtle shifts of mood, feelings of calm or well-being, the capacity to intuit solutions or get along better with the people in your life. Meditation works under the surface, creating new neural pathways, shifting the way hormones interact with each other. And then the more mystical aspects of meditation begin to show up during your sitting practice.
Yoga Journal’s Meditation Revolution - Day 9