From time to time I’ve heard participants at retreats etc mention the reason they want to learn meditation is to reduce/manage their anxiety [a couple of my friends dabbled in meditation (they never really became meditators) because they hoped meditating would reduce their anxiety – it didn’t and they no longer meditate].
In the book A Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Workbook, based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the authors warn against meditating to achieve anything other than awareness. Indeed they point out that meditating to achieve a particular outcome other than awareness may be counterproductive:
In mindfulness meditation, the intention is simply to place non-judgemental attention on whatever object of awareness you’ve chosen. So if you are practising meditation for the purpose of relaxation it can actually be a trap; if you meditate and don’t feel relaxed, your mind might start racing with thoughts about how it isn’t working. This could lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and disappointment, which may send you on a downward spiral towards becoming anxious or depressed.
One of the potential hindrances to a meditation practice could be meditating for an outcome other than awareness (because the if other outcome wasn’t obtained there could be a lowering the motivation to meditate).