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The Comparing Mind

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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about the comparing mind.

Do you ever get bummed out when

you see people doing things

that maybe you perceive to be

superior to what you're doing?

They're making more money than me.

They don't have all these

racing thoughts like I do.

Their family life isn't

as messed up as mine is.

They go out with friends when

I would rather read a book.

You know, this is the comparing

mind that we often get caught up in.

And it's a natural part of being human,

especially living among other humans.

But next time you're caught in this

cycle of comparison, I invite you to ask

yourself if everyone were experiencing the

same thing that I'm experiencing, would

it still be as much of an issue for me?

If all of your friends made the same

amount of money, if everyone's mind

was racing with nonstop thoughts, if

you knew all people had some family

issues and if staying into read on a

Friday night was the status quo, would

you still beat yourself up over it?

Often the majority of our distress

comes from thinking that our life

should be different from what it is.

We compare ourselves to others.

We want to fit into the tribe.

It's normal, but we don't need to

be enslaved to this predisposition.

So notice when you're caught up in these

thoughts of comparison, let them come,

let them go and drop back into your

experience without judgment and critique.

Remember, everyone is

fighting their own battle.

Nobody's perfect.

No one has the perfect family

life, the perfect arrangement.

We each are navigating this

life in our own unique way.

See if you can give yourself permission

to live your life in the way you want to

in all of its wonder and all of its mess.

I'll talk to you in the meditation.

Thank you for your practice and take care.

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