Meditation & Mindfulness - Ego

Your ego is your self-perception of who you are. It spans both your conscious and subconscious minds, and consists our deepest beliefs, our personality traits and our views of the world. Our ego’s are what leads to a perception of ‘this is me’ and ‘this is not me’.

Advice from Masters – Quotes & Tips on your Ego

Meditation & Mindfulness quote by Eckhart Tolle - The ego’s needs are endless. It feels vulnerable and threatened and so lives in a state of fear and want.

The basic mechanics of the unconscious state: identification with the mind, which creates a false self, the ego, as a substitute for your true self rooted in Being. 

An emotion usually represents an amplified and energized thought pattern, and because of its often overpowering energetic charge, it is not easy initially to stay present enough to be able to watch it. It wants to take you over, and it usually succeeds — unless there is enough presence in you. 

Since the ego is a derived sense of self, it needs to identify with external things. It needs to be both defended and fed constantly. The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.

Eckhart Tolle – Spiritual Teacher, Author – Power of Now / A New Earth / Practicing the Power of Now

When we remove ego, we’re left with what is real. What replaces ego is humility, yes—but rock-hard humility and confidence. Whereas ego is artificial, this type of confidence can hold weight. Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned.

Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.

Those who have subdued their ego understand that it doesn’t degrade you when others treat you poorly; it degrades them.

I was trapped so terribly inside my own head that I was a prisoner to my own thoughts.

Ryan Holiday – Author – Ego Is the Enemy

When the ego dies, the soul awakes.

Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between the Ego and Your True Self


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