I believe one of the main benefits of meditation, even if only a few minutes a day, is to allow us to create a pause between a stimulus and our response. More often than not, if we hear someone say something we don’t like, we may immediately react. Meditation allows us to easily step back and pause to provide us time to think about an appropriate response. A few seconds can mean the difference between a harmful reaction or a benevolent action.
Also, there is a space between thoughts that begins to widen as we meditate regularly. This silent space, even if it is for a second or two, in the beginning, allows us to start to dis-identify with our emotions and thoughts and will enable us to identify with something beyond our local personality. It’s something I call becoming non-attached. Anthony de Mellow, in his book Awakenings, puts it succinctly in the following quote:
When something is happening to you, to see it as if it were happening to someone else, with no comment, no judgment, no attitude, no interference, no attempt to change, only to understand. You’ll begin to realize that increasingly you are dis-identifying from ‘me.’
I hope you are inspired to continue your meditation/contemplation/prayer practice or start one soon. Some spiritual teachers say it is the one thing they would teach above all else.