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So I just came across a post called The Perfect Blog by David Romanelli while researching popular blogs on anxiety. As a recovering perfectionist I am amused by the irony of such a title and found the content quite timely. It discusses the frustration with spiritual gurus like Eckhart Tolle and Deepok Chopra for claiming perfection in their mindfulness practice. According to the blog, both state they no longer experience unwanted nervous energy, which the writer, Dave, suggests makes it very difficult for most of us to relate. I must agree I would find more comfort in hearing about their occasional struggle, but I imagine after “30 years” of sitting meditation we might also have a similar interview response. Such meditation practice is huge for finding acceptance in what IS rather than the ideal. Other gurus likePema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh have provided more transparent examples like dislike for washing the dishes, yet using active meditation to notice the unpleasant activity , breathe through it, and remain present with compassionate for themselves and others. This is no small task for the perfectionist with high standards and unrealistic expectations who is preoccupied with bigger issues than washing the dishes. She is not compassionate for herself and expects more and more to feel good enough. Using guided meditation, however, can begin to shift this pattern. Letting go of constant mental chatter is a step toward reducing the unnecessary pressure we place on ourselves as we can begin to release thoughts which arise without the need to follow the story in our mind. Chasing the next goal, striving to be better, and doing so without acceptance for present conditions prevent us from fully experiencing the moment we have right here, right now. Letting go of perfection begins with letting go of thought. You will never stop thinking, but you can stop chasing your thoughts. You can begin to catch yourself thinking and return to noticing your breath or your sense perceptions or the environment. You can stop listening to the messages that you are not enough and/or must do more to succeed. You can begin to choose activity more intentionally with choice and purpose.