Is it possible to want less?

I posted this meme on my Instagram, because I found it funny. (See for yourself and let me know if you agree.)

It’s about using an 8 minute meditation as a tool to become productive so that you can do more, have more and be more. And the little Buddha says, maybe you should meditate a little longer, so you are not constantly needing more, more, more.  

More, more, more.

That seems to be a big part of our culture these days.

Even in the world of mindfulness and wellness, much of the tools introduced are really so that you can be, do and have more.

At a recent mastermind meeting with some of my business comrades, I talked about this idea of being tired of striving for more all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, there are more things I want to do, have and create in my life. I don’t think ‘desire’ ever truly goes away. (I talk about this in my book, Mantras in Motion.)

But, I think there’s a striving in our culture right now that comes from having access to so much information.

On social media, we see what people we don’t even know are doing on a daily basis. (Or at least what they claim to be doing.)

We see the number of ‘followers’ they have and automatically think that must equate to a fuller life or bigger business or more money.

As a new mom, you could go down the rabbit hole of information about how your baby should be sleeping, what they should be eating and what milestones they should be hitting. You can’t help but feel that if your baby doesn’t line up with these, you are doing something wrong.

And that you need to fix it/have it.

So, the big question is, how do we balance this desire for more in our lives, with the gratitude and acceptance of what is?

Below, I share a mantra that really helps ground me into the moment. But before I share that, let me share some other tips.

As you know, kind and loving Movement does this for me.

When I move my body, it helps loosen the clinging energy and desire for more. It helps me move into the present and embrace this moment with profound love.

I have also found the practice of meditation to be profound in helping to release my clinging need for more all the time.

It helps me fill me up with satisfaction of right now.

And, as I may have shared, I am currently practicing Mahayana Buddhist compassion meditation. Much of the focus is on wanting to help ease the suffering of others.

I am working on a new and exciting way for us to work together in the next few months. I am so excited about it, because not only is it designed to help you find more ease and peace in your life, but it will help ground you in the goals that ARE most important to you.

This way, you are moving toward what is truly important and what is based in love. Not fear.

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In the meantime, here is a simple mantra you can use to help reduce your own feelings of clinginess. When I say that, I mean that feeling that you are clinging to wanting something other than what you have.

It’s not about not wanting, instead it’s about desiring it from a sense of love and ease.

Here you go. Repeat as needed.

I am gentle with myself.
I am gentle with others.
I am gentle with myself.
I am gentle with others.

Here’s to a beautiful weekend ahead.

Love,
Erin

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  1. Stacey Pfeiffer says:

    Dear Erin,

    Thank you for this post and the mantra. I have been doing this 21 day meditation challenge (self challenge) and one of the meditation has a mantra that goes like this: I am enough, I have enough, I am enough, I have enough. I find myself saying I am enough when I feel overwhelmed and it helps.

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