The Ego

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.Chuang Tzu

we love ourselves

We love ourselves so much that we find it hard to not cling to our opinions and points-of-view! When anyone challenges such opinions, ‘we’, are challenged. ‘How dare they’ we say, ‘let me’ provide the ‘right’ answer here. We seldom truly listen, we mainly want to tell and inform.

no permanence

Like everything around us, our own opinions change, often. Isn’t that true? So why do we feel the need to correct others and why do we feel offended when challenged? It’s because we identify so closely with our thoughts, we become our thoughts, we are our thoughts, and therein lies the problem. We think up our thoughts, we design them or accept them from others, we are not the content of our thoughts. How can we step back and recognize this truth? How can we identify with the pure awareness that’s our core?

Daily Affirmation: Today I notice my ego and its ways.

Recommendation: Zen And the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss

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