But there is also a key element of meditation that tends to get overlooked, and without it, the potential benefits are dramatically reduced.
Meditation is about getting present - getting into the 'Now' moment. As a human in the awakening process this is profoundly significant awareness to have.
The 'Now' is not a time it is a place. By getting into present time, you actually make a dimensional shift. In present time, you have access to infinite conscious choice.
The normal human lives in unconscious reaction. They are constantly reacting to what they see/think/hear based on their unconscious beliefs/opinions/judgements/assumptions (baggage). They don't realize that this is what they are doing. They are living in a loop of time, constantly recreating their past in their future. They constantly cycle through various dramas/struggles, and they have no concept of personal energy management. They see time as past, present and future. It is a linear perspective.
The highly-conscious human no longer lives in unconscious reaction. They have cleared the baggage. They realize that what they focus their attention on, what feelings they choose, how they configure thoughts and how they express themselves is what drives the engine of creation. They see time as spherical or simultaneous - where all things happen in the same place at the same time. It is a quantum perspective.
In order to get there, it is necessary to become familiar with the concept/feeling/state of being present. And the way to do that is practice. And the best practice is conscious breathing (following the breath) and meditation, where you feel yourself in the body.
The spiritual body lives outside of time and space.
The mental body tends to live in the future.
The emotional body tends to live in the past.
The physical body lives in present time (obviously).
By getting into present time, you bring all the bodies into alignment - an important first step in bridging the physical/non-physical worlds and manifesting your true heart desires.
Over time you will spend more and more time in present time, and you will begin to live in present time.
Welcome to conscious co-creation and the beginning of Mastery.