Life provides the trials and challenges needed to deepen our Meditation practice and make it more genuine. Life is the acid test that shows us whether we are being true to our Meditation or just fooling around. Life evaluates our performance by giving us test after test.
If our meditation doesn’t help us cope with everyday conflicts and struggles, this only means that the Meditation we have been doing is shallow, and therefore of little use. If our day-to-day emotional reactions do not become clearer and easier to manage, then it means that we have been just wasting our time.
-Art and Science of Meditation