I've recently been learning more about meditation and how to bring it into my daily routine. As humans, we get consumed by the stressors of life. Whether it be our jobs, relationships or social media, we have a tendency to compare ourselves to those around us. Our insecurities run rampant as we try to figure out if we're enough. Have we reached the place in life we think we should be at this point? Are we trying too hard to live up to the standards of society? Regardless of where you are in life or how successful you are, everyone has these concerns. Meditating allows me to work through my thoughts and fears.
"Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it's much different than that. It's more about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly - witnessing it coming and going - without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind."
This quote speaks to me on so many levels. If you were to set aside even 10 minutes a day to reflect and meditate it would amaze you how much better your day would be. If you allow time for stillness and quiet to work through your own thoughts and feelings, then you're able to see yourself in a more positive light. You can address those insecurities for what they are and move past them. Once the insecurities and comparisons fade away and the positive energy comes forward you're able to better help those around you. By shedding these layers of ourselves we can see people more equally. Status doesn't matter. Everyone has different things they're going through. To me, meditating allows me the chance to truly work through my flaws so I can then be a light to those around me. If you're not working on bettering yourself, then others will feed off of that. Bettering yourself helps to better others, and as a friend once said, "there's no life to live being selfish." Help yourself so you can help others.
Meditate. Search your thoughts. Clear out the negative. Better yourself.