I was checking some emails and social media notifications when I saw a memory that coincides with my Headspace reflection this morning. It was from 2010 - a high school friend quoted our conversation when I told him that he doesn't have to be "cool" to be in. Something that I still believe in. I think we all deserve to be in places and be surrounded by people who accept and appreciate our individuality. There is no need to pretend to like something or engage in an activity that you do not really value just for the sake of feeling a sense of belongingness. I think the right crowd will love you for who you are and for what you love or who you choose to love.
On a different note, I think that the diversity of interests in a group keeps it alive. Although commonalities attract us, learning something from someone you care about is a great step to discover yourself even more and deepen the relationship.
Meditation is the same thing. It is not meant to change us, but simply help reveal our truth. It is used to remove all the fluff that we have accumulated to unearth the true self. Self realisation is a complicated process that we need to go through in order to achieve inner peace and, hopefully, project it to our environment. This process, as Jay Shetty puts it, helps rewire the brain so we can transform our negative tendencies into positive ones. We become more aware of our emotions like anger and things like jealousy, greed, arrogance, and lust. We then recognise our weaknesses, our challenges, our thoughts and actions, both in the past and in the present. This increased awareness helps us move away from these tendencies, and achieve clarity on what can and needs to be done in different situations.
I heard this analogy from various resource speakers now, that meditation is being compared to finding an old mirror in the attic. You try to look at yourself in the mirror, but you don't see your reflection. You try to rub the dust off, and all the dust comes up in your face. Those are our inner demons, the tendencies that we mentioned. But as you continue cleaning the mirror, you are able to see yourself clearly. Finally, by seeing our true selves, we hope to see others, too, for who they are, not who we want them to be.
While I was writing my last blog post, I got an email inviting me to attend the Philippine Fashion Week's 2018 Menswear show. Just out of curiosity, I tried logging on their site again, and surprisingly, got an actual e-invite in return. When I went to Discovery Primea yesterday to see the show, I was even asked to transfer to the front row. Funny because I just came in time, a few minutes before it started.
Yesterday felt nostalgic, being able to attend the Philippine Fashion Week after some years. I remember my college friends and I would enthusiastically line up and register our invites when the event was still held at the SMX Convention Center. This year, I attended by myself because of the last minute decision. I'm glad I decided to push through though, it felt nice.
After the show, I went to see Margaux and some media friends. They were attending an amazing event that Margaux organised so I didn't talk much, but I was happy to see some inspiring people over the weekend.
I hope this quick post helps us continue promoting love, whether it's for ourselves, the things we love, or for those who are dear to us.
Stay inspired and later days!
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.