When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life.
We are identifying too much with thought and or our body.
I am guilty of this too but I am offering to take the step out of the false identification, the ego.
We don’t want to completely get rid of it, but we want to be able to recognize it and therefore not to be in charge of our life.
The person who claims to got rid of the ego, is fooled by the ego telling him or her that he is free of ego.
The ego is a master of finding new ways to return. If you take away one kind of identification the ego will quickly find another.
I identify myself with some things like my motorbike and my kites and my bass guitar and after realizing that I wanted to be more free from ego I thought if I sell all my stuff I would be free.
Ding dong and that’s when the ego starts to identify with me not having much stuff.
If you identify yourself with the things you posses and if you get more of that then you will be more. Yeah noooo
I find the best way to be in charge is to be in my body. What I mean by that is to consciously make the effort to feel the inner body to be aware of the energy inside.
The ego can only exist in the past, so being in your body puts you in a state of presence and there is no room for ego.
Above all, the ego isn’t personal. It isn’t who you are. If you consider the ego to be your personal problem, that’s just more ego.
So we have the form of identification with items we have, which is pretty short lived. Soon the feeling of wanting more comes , in fact wanting is even more power for the ego. It can dwell on the wanting for much longer.
Then there is the body identification. You are what you look like!
Tough on the ones that look good, because once their looks fade they become miserable or depressed since they are identified by the way they look. But also people that have disabilities, imperfections or illness can make that into their form of identity.
So the best way to be is in the present moment.
Not always easy but if you keep meditating and become more aware of the ego in your day to day life you will start feeling much more happier and content.
I highly recommend to read Eckhart Tolle’s book which I have linked to The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment here, it has been a huge help on my journey and I am sure it can help you on yours.
Alrighty, time to jump in the ocean.
Ciao for now, Hendrik