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If you’re peeking over the fence to see what’s on the other side, you’ve fallen prey to a clutter problem.

One of the symptoms of a cluttered mind is comparisons (see all 8 here). This one is a doozy. Pretty much a plague, comparing ourselves to someone else is like a disease, putting us at odds, making us feel less than, handicapped.

Comparisons amount to superlative judgments. It is deliberately taking two things and pitting them against each other for the sake of choosing a preference, or winner. It feels like judging two options to decide which is preferred.

It is searching for bigger and better, chasing faster and stronger.

We compare:

  • shoes
  • lunches
  • careers
  • salaries
  • bodies
  • lifestyles
  • houses
  • cars
  • families
  • friends
  • instagram fame
  • facebook likes
  • etc., etc.

We compare so much, where does that leave us? Feeling pretty shitty.

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While a common complaint, this blog post title is misleading. If you’re telling yourself that you don’t have time, you’re lying. We have enough time to do anything we choose because we manage our own time.

We invented time.

Long ago, we created these yardsticks to tell us where to start and stop our day. Minutes, hours, days, months, years are all figments of our imagination. Yet, we’ve become so beholden to those finite measures that now we limit ourselves by them.

When we think we lack time, it becomes our reality. Our jail cell.

We’re always doing something with our time. We’re choosing an action in every moment. To sit still, to move; to fight, to forgive; to gain, to lose.

At the end of the day, most would say they fit in what they absolutely “needed” to.

But if we create time, and we choose what we do to fill that time, don’t we have all the power? We don’t have to let time rule over us, right?

Right. If you think otherwise, you’re looking at time all wrong.

It’s not a matter of ticking seconds that dictate whether you have enough space to complete all that you wish to complete. It’s a matter of what you’re choosing to fill the space.

You always do everything you want to do, despite feeling like some things are not getting done.

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By now you’ve heard of meditation’s many health benefits, and you’ve probably even tried a few minutes of quiet sitting to see what all the hype is about.

You may have gone so far as to put in hours researching meditation, especially after you landed on 28,000,000 different Google results in your hunt for information.

Eventually you uncovered the ultimate purpose of meditation: to declutter the mind.

Meditation, whatever the label, is designed to “bring attention to,” or “become aware of.” We become aware of thought, the inner workings of our minds. We grow in insight about what we think and our reactions to the thinking.

The very technique of meditation invites in a spaciousness around those thoughts because we’re able to monitor, observe, and slow the reactions. The more distance between thought and reaction, the more we come to experience the profound benefits of patience, love and compassion.

The techniques vary, but not the results. No one version is better than the other.

Still, you’re on this blog, curious about what type of meditation is perfect for you.

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