“In the sports arena and as a fun game, competition serves its purpose. There is, however, no place for competition in your spiritual development. Competition in life is invalidates spirit. It divides you against yourself.
Whether you decide that you are better than others or that they are better than you, it comes from the same place: You cannot be who you are, where you are, and what you are, or how you are. When you’re in competition, someone else’s expectations and judgments define who you are and how you can be. If you compare yourself to anyone else and get into competition, where that person is no longer matters, for the truth is, you are only in competition with yourself. If you have to be as good as, better than, or even worse than the other person, you’ve forfeited your right to be precisely where you are as yourself. Competition ultimately involves no one else but you.”
Michael J. Tamura, in “You Are The Answer”
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