I meditate. As for philosophy, particularly that which comes from gut feeling is often flawed and shown to be inaccurate. If you're a philosophy buff, I respect the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Their philosophy is very much different to that to the likes of Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas and Descartes, in that instead of believing knowledge can be sought through the mind, but is achieved through experience, or what you might call 'Pure Reason', hence Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason', it's not a light read...in fact, it's something that'll hurt your brain (not implying anything about you, but it hurt mine).
It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience.
Whilst I do not wholly see eye to eye with Kant as he makes room for belief, but it is interesting how he says it though:
I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.
He removes some of his own knowledge just so that he is able to believe. Now, I am unsure as to what belief he is referring to, but I know that Kant was a believer of God, it may well be the case he removed knowledge to make room for his belief in God. However, Kant is very much influential when it comes to empiricism.
Now, for Wittgenstein, on the simplest level, as he opens his book:
The world is all that is the case.
The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
The totality of true thoughts is a picture of the world.
Anyway, if we based our knowledge on pure reason or gut feeling and not what can be experienced, facts or even empiricism then we would not be where we are today and unfortunately it's still people's idea of reason, of faith, of belief, of trusting what 'feels' right that endangers some people in the world
. Science is empirical, science is based off of facts, science uses what we can measure, it is through science that we get medicine, it is through science we get our technology, it is through science that we are able to see a much more accurate picture of the Universe, even if it's but a mere fragment of it. Having gut feeling can mean anything and it could be so, so, so wrong. If anything, gut feeling is based on our own prejudices, how we perceive things and not necessarily with how things really are.
I suppose you may ask why I meditate? To calmly process my thoughts. To think about what I know and my experiences.