The following are comments made on the effect of social media on people. On person 2's remark, what does standing in yourself mean that I bolded?

Person 1:

Normally I roll my eyes at people who are anti-social media. I’ve made numerous close friends and professional connections through Twitter. I’ve reconnected with old friends on Facebook. Those are good things. But as I kept reading “The Circle” and thinking about Louis C.K.’s comments, I found myself more and more uncomfortable with just how dependent I was...

Person 2:

"Normally I roll my eyes at people who are anti-social media".

I'm one of those people.

It all depends on where you're standing in yourself, I suppose. I've meditated at least one hour a day for 25 years. People often comment: "I could never find the time for that." But of course many people spend at least that much time gorging themselves on social media every day.

I tried facebook for one year--family, friends, old high school buddies--all that. In the end I quit... not so much because it was a huge waste of time (which it is) but because it was a huge waste of ME. YOU are more valuable than all that rot. I assure you that once you spend some consistent quality time with yourself you'll come to the same conclusion. You're far more valuable than the Borg!

"Distracting ourselves to death" is not just a clever turn of phrase.

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    It doesn't mean anything - it's ungrammatical in the form posted - and it isn't something a native speaker would normally ever say.
    – Matt
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 21:58
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    It's not ungrammatical, which we can see if we replace yourself with another NP such as the room. It does appear nonsensical to me, but it appears that a few native speakers do use the phrase, and presumably they mean something by it. It looks like it may be an idiomatic loan translation of svastha, since they mention meditation in the next sentence.
    – user230
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 0:04
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    Take a look at this. Google has all the answers! -you just have to know which ones are right. Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 18:41

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Considering that the poster is coming from the perspective of a meditator. They likely have some awareness of the inner workings of their mind and can recognize whether they are coming from a reactive place or a detached observer place (or some other self defined space). These "places" are actually different points of view that exist within each of us.

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