I'm that person who loves the benefits of meditation but hates doing it. Although I've done much research, learned many tools, and set many intentions to make meditation a part of my daily routine, I find it extremely difficult to stay consistent. It could be the lack of my attention span, the lack of willpower, or the intimidating thought of self-work within itself. So it got me thinking, if meditation seems like such a nuisance, how can I make it look (to myself) more enjoyable?
Reality is defined as "the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them." So how is it decided of what "actually exists"? For argument's sake, we could say reality is backed up by "proof," and proof is made up of "evidence" that is defined as "facts or information indicating whether something is true." So what is true? By definition it is "something in accordance with reality." With that being said, isn't "proof" just an idea that checks out with our current state of reality? And if that is true, our accepted version of reality is only the current most popular belief at any given time. Remember when everyone thought the world was flat? Probably not because you weren't alive, but regardless it was the "accepted reality" in the past, yet it wasn't reality at all. Minds are currently evolving, but in order to make sense of the present moment, we define it in the least complicated way we know how. This is what leads us to form beliefs: an acceptance that something is true or not, or that it does or does not exist.
"Be yourself," they would say. Your parents, your guardian, your high-school counselor. Basically any authoritative figure giving advice when you'd feel insecure or want to fit in. But how do kids become insecure? What makes a kid want to fit in? They certainly were not born wanting to please others, so where do they learn it? "Being yourself," is a great concept, but there's a problem when it comes to applying it; kids don't know who they are, because they are too busy learning to please everyone else. The saddest part is that those they are pleasing learned to do the same thing, not realizing it has lead them to life that is unfulfilling to their truest desires.
What if I told you there is no such thing as overreacting? That the word "dramatic" is made up and instilled in your brain by societies misconstrued and conditioned belief that you are in fact able to pick and choose how you feel in any given moment? I'm here to tell you, during a moment someone may think or tell you you are overreacting, that in fact you are reacting justifiably, just to a different situation entirely.