Jealousy and Mindfulness Cannot Coexist


“Oh, the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling, it’s the unraveling, and it undoes all the joy that could be” (Joni Mitchell).”  The topic of jealously and envy is very interesting to me. In this day and age where everything, and I mean just about everything, is shared, posted, linked, ranked, rated, commented on, and sometimes ripped apart, makes for a very tough environment for us to feel secure, confident and happy in our own lives. Why do we compare ourselves to others, especially when we know it is not healthy for us and definitely does not help us get any closer to our own goals? Mindfulness and jealousy just cannot coexist, and that is a fact.

When you are mindful you are paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally. The best part is that it actually works. It puts one at peace and brings joy in everyday interactions and moments. It allows one to read, view and share in someone else’s joy without any negative or harmful emotions and feelings festering on the inside. Let jealousy and envy go. Be happy where you are in your own journey, with the path you have walked, with the goals you have accomplished, and with the ones you are yet to achieve.

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind (Buddha).

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