How to generate more motivation to mediate? This is a good question.
Did you know that not even a single thought in you ever goes to waste? Whatever thoughts you think, whatever words you speak, and whatever actions you perform get stored as impressions (called Samskaras) in the central nerve (known as Sushumna) of your subtle body, not the physical body. Consequently, all your bad actions/words/thoughts about others harm you, not others, and all your good thoughts benefit you.
Everything – hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting, smelling – builds up Samskaras in the central nerve of your subtle body. These impressions stored in the subtle body (also called astral body/mind) even get carried forward from one lifetime to another because the death of the physical body is not the death of the subtle body. The subtle body is within the physical body like the bladder inside a soccer ball.
Everyone is born with embedded impressions (Samskaras). Good Samskaras cause good desires/happiness and bad Samskaras cause bad desires/sufferings. This is a fact, not fiction. If you trust it, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that meditation on the innermost Spirit/Life/Self/’I am-ness’ can lessen/wipe out the bad impressions of your subtle body. As a result, you can experience tremendous peace of mind and perform all your life functions with greater pleasure (body)/joy (mind)/bliss (Spirit).
What’s more, meditation gives you the power to be happy even when you are unhappy. “Meditation can transform a person’s character, conduct, and behavior. Through the practice of meditation, lost energy is replenished, memory is improved, intellect is sharpened, and intuition is developed. Meditation removes all worries and tensions of the mind.” (Source: From this author’s book, Building a Noble World, page 9, ISBN: 978-0974919706).
To be aware of your own Self is the goal of meditation. Congratulate yourself first because you’ve already attained this Self! However, you are unaware of it. The dirt of your mind — such as anger, lust, greed, attachment, hatred, jealousy, and pride — keeps you away from truly experiencing the innermost Self. In his book, Raja Yoga, Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) clarified it through this analogy: “The bottom of a lake we cannot see, because its surface is covered with ripples. It is only possible for us to catch a glimpse of the bottom when the ripples have subsided, and the water is calm. If the water is muddy, or is agitated all the time, the bottom will not be seen. If it is clear, and there are no waves, we shall see the bottom. The bottom of the lake is our own true Self; the lake is the chitta [mind], the waves are the vrittis [tendencies].”
You may like to refer to the book, Building a Noble World (ISBN: 978-0974919706), for a thorough explanation of the meditation practice in Chapter 3 as well as an actual Kundalini awakening experience in Chapter 4.