If you don’t meditate, you can suffer through the ups and downs of life knowing that if things get really bad, you can always start meditating and you will be able to make things better. If things get really bad and you decide that it is time to start meditating, you need to be patient and give your meditation practice some time to start working.
When you first start meditating, it won’t make all your problems go away, but it will give you a familiarity with peace. You may not even feel the peace while you are meditating. You may feel it at other times during the day, when you are sitting in class or at work or just walking. When you start to notice little pockets of peace throughout the day, or you find yourself sleeping better at night, you’ll see that your meditation is changing your life.
If you want meditation to be there for you when you need it, you could start practicing now. If things aren’t quite as bad as they might be, you could try sitting for five or ten minutes a day. You can figure out what cushions you will sit on, where you will sit and you may find a timer to time your sitting. Once you have your space set up, you can find your comfortable position and practice watching your breath. Then you will know that your meditation will be there for you when you need it. When you find that confidence, your practice is already working.