the inverse of each statement holds true as competition (i.e. why them?/ why me?; i deserve.../ i don't deserve; etc.)

our thoughts and feelings work together to trigger and reify competition within ourselves. competition is just our overstimulated need for self preservation- it is our ego, our trauma and our internalization of the system.

how can i break down my conditioning towards competition? 

  • note to self: this is comparing/ competitive mind as often as i observe it.
  • repeat to self what i already understand but do not consistently act with: everyone deserves self preservation and happiness.
  • contextualize my reactions: what triggered my reaction of competition? where did i feel it? what trauma/pain/conditioning is attached to it?
  • practice loving-kindness meditation to affirm one’s self and community.
  • weaken perception of scarcity by strengthening generosity: more sharing, more listening, more presence.
  • participate in the revolutionary struggle to overthrow capitalism! ;)
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  1. “our thoughts and feelings work together to trigger and reify competition within ourselves. competition is just our overstimulated need for self preservation- it is our ego, our trauma and our internalization of the system.”
    Word! Helpful to remember that competition is fear based. Helps to cultivate compassion for one’s own competitiveness, jealousy, etc.

    Thank you! Very helpful

    • what would our relationships with ourselves and others look and feel like if competition wasn’t entangled in them? hopefully i can begin to implement these tactics and experience my answer.

      thank you for the love boo!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about competition and also your personal work to address it within self and community.

    Recently I have been thinking a lot about competition and its origins within patriarchy and capital as a way to understand the complexities of these oppressive systems and their relationship with each other so that we may better understand how to abolish them. This theoretical exploration led me back to myself and community, and the ways we internalize competition within ourselves and project it onto others. I’ve been trying to understand my own righteous revolutionary power, and the way the power of the system encroaches upon this internal power. I think participating in struggle that is larger than you, such as overthrowing capitalism, is so helpful in understanding our own internal struggles, and helps put self-care in a larger more liberatory context. Thank you for the balance :)

    • exactly, in participating in struggle, one can recognize one’s self more clearly, those parts of self that are moving towards transformation and those parts of self that are stuck in the unresolved. i have seen how in radical organizations we can learn how to become more intimate, share our ideas more openly, listen, do work collectively. i have also seen how in radical organizations we can uphold competition through defensiveness, heavy vertical hierarchy (i.e. top down) and just patriarchal ways of being in space together. if one is mindful, either situation has the ability to shed light onto how we’ve been conditioned and creative ways of building space where it can be deconstructed.

      you’re welcome ;)
      and thank you <3 :)

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