Saturday, May 7, 2011

I, Me, Mine, and the Ego-Part 4

Here it is the fourth, and final article on my path to better understand the concept of dis-attachment, and how to apply the ideas in daily life.

In the first article I went into detail defining the word ego and it's meaning in the context of dis-attachment.  When looking at the definition of ego it was obvious that it existed in all factors of my life.

The ego is our perception of self in contrast to the world we live in.  That statement blankets just about everything; thoughts, motivations, belief systems.

I am Patience, I am a yoga teacher, I am a daughter, I am a U.S. citizen, etc. etc.

The ego lives in everything we consider a part of our definition. How do we function in the physical world, and shed all of these definitions?

How do we burn the ego?

Well, you got me...I have been researching, studying, and writing about I, Me, Mine Syndrome, and I am with out a cure.

However, I do know the ancient wisdom of The Patanjali Sutras offers relevant guidance in living a simple and fulfilling life.

My journey of Self discovery has just begun, and I'm no where near conquering my ego.  I have learned more about myself, and I've got many questions to consider, and meditate on.

Can true altruism exist? Can we really give up everything, and is it really worth it?  Where can we be a little more selfless (with a lower case s)? Where can we be more in touch with the Self (with an upper case S)?

I'm trying to answer these for myself, and I would love to hear what you think!

_/|\_ Namaste!

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