Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ego's reflection

Ego is pervasive. If you are alert enough, you maybe be able to see it clearly within yourself and people around you. Here are some signs:
  • demanding recognition for something you did and getting angry or upset if you don't get it;
  • trying to get attention by talking about your problems, the story of your illnesses, or making a scene;
  • giving your opinion when nobody has asked for it and it makes no difference to the situation;
  • being more concerned with how the other person sees you than with the other person, which is to say, using other people for egoistic reflection or as ego enhancers;
  • trying to make an impression on others through possessions, knowledge, good looks, status, physical strength, and so on;
  • bringing about temporary ego inflation through angry reaction against something or someone;
  • taking things personally, feeling offended, making yourself right and others wrong through futile mental or verbal complaining;
  • waiting to be seen, or to appear important.
Does this sound familiar? If so try an experiment: Let it go. Let it all go and see what it feels like. Just drop it and see what happens.

2 comments:

Steve said...

Good advice. But you must let go of the desire as well, not just letting go of the outward action. If you internalize your feelings, they may come out with more pressure behind them than otherwise...

thenakedsingularity said...

Agreed!

And how do we do that? By staying in the moment, living with mindfulness. :)