Getting Rid of the Ego
If you’re interested in spirituality or self-help, you’re probably familiar with the concept of ego. It’s who you think you are – your concept of yourself. That little voice inside your head is the source of so much anxiety, stress, and misery, isn’t it?
The word “ego” means “I” in Latin. It is your concept of yourself – the “you” that you think you are. Ego includes your body, beliefs, talents, and abilities.
WHAT IS EGO?
THE EGO IS FRAGILE
From a spiritual perspective, it’s the basis of all our problems. It holds us back when we try to make new friends, apologize, be kind, or do anything that may challenge us to change. This is because it wants to preserve itself and is always afraid of what others think.
3 PRACTICAL WAYS TO HELP KEEP YOUR EGO IN CHECK
The aim of meditation or other mindfulness practices is to create a gap between your thoughts and actions, and over time, between your thoughts and your concept of yourself. Mindfulness helps you see that your precious thoughts and feelings are in fact devoid of any essence.
Practice gratitude and humility
One of the surest ways to deflate the ego is to instill the bigger picture of life into your mind. It helps us be grateful for the things we have and humble after realizing how small our share of things is.
Do random acts of kindness daily
As human beings, we have an innate tendency to want to help others, to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. Following this inner urge leads to satisfaction and purity of heart.
Meditating, being mindful of the transience of life, and practicing compassion are some ways to lessen our ego and ensure that it becomes a friend.