We’re taught to push. To go do something. To build a resume. To accomplish a goal. If you want to help the world, go create something that helps. I had no idea how much harm I was doing in the process of trying to help. Vipassana has taught me to slow down to observe my actions and I’ve noticed so many little ways that I harm the world around me. I spent so much time thinking about everyone else that I forgot to focus on myself.
By meditating regularly and allowing my mind to get subtler and more sensitive, I’ve been able to cut out many of these bad habits. Instead of judging people’s choices and actions, I spend most of my energy concentrating on improving my own actions. Each day I become more compassionate to the struggles people face in their lives allowing me to be more loving to them regardless of their actions. By being calm and quiet with people, I’m bringing a little peace to the world around me. Maybe this will allow people an instant of relief to observe themselves without trying to do something.
We are all exactly who we are at this moment. The best support and encouragement we can give to the people around us to grow into something better is love. We often judge others to feel better about ourselves. If we already feel good about ourselves, we realize that judging is only causing harm. Meditation has helped me love myself and love the people around me and I didn’t “do” anything. I just observed and healed myself. This is an amazing shift in my life. Time to meditate.