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On Comparison

02 Apr
idaho lake

A pic my son took on Monday in Sandpoint, ID

I was reluctant for a good long while to have our sangha join the facebook community.  But now that we have and its been going for a while I’m glad we did.  Its been a nice community building tool and I really enjoy finding and creating pictures, quotes, helpful articles, and writing short practice snippets to post.  On my sangha’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BeHereNowCommunity) this morning I posted this and wanted to share it here on my blog as well – it’s the start of something I’ve been thinking about lately and will look to expand on in the near future as my thoughts continue to solidify:

Comparing our experience with that of another and judging who’s upset is worse only serves to further water our seeds of suffering. In thinking that our life is harder and more fraught with difficulty than someone else’s adds additional weight for us to carry around.

We can use our skills of mindfulness to engage with the present moment in such a way that we release ourselves from the bonds of what Thich Nhat Hanh calls: the inferiority complex, the superiority complex, and the equality complex.

Let us not get caught in unnecessary comparison and judgement.  Let us learn ways to simply Be Here Now.

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