Meditation cuts through all the illusion, all the projection, all the confusion we have about others and mostly about ourselves. It is coming face-to-face with the mind and with what the mind is really about. Understanding leads to penetrating insight into the illusion we have created for ourselves. This leads to liberation from suffering and a coemergent manifestation of compassion and wisdom. But we do not see it as a goal. We let go of goals and we focus on the act of meditation.
–Rob Nairn, from What is Meditation?: Buddhism for Everyone
I believe the title of that book…but I think it’s important that one understand one need NOT be a Buddhist to benefit from it’s wisdom. The practice and disciplines learned in Buddhism can be used by anyone regardless of belief or lack of belief.