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justwannabe2010-07-04 20:40:26 +0000 #1
Do you love your ego?
FlynSunshine2010-07-04 20:53:29 +0000 #2
I love the challenges (and following confusion at times) that my ego presents me with.
justwannabe2010-07-04 21:05:38 +0000 #3
you love the challenges, do you love the ego?
DianZz2010-07-04 21:42:56 +0000 #4
im not,not really..but i still follow it..why? dont know,why u asking that??
FlynSunshine2010-07-04 21:11:21 +0000 #5
I love my ego because of the challenges and growth? I have a hard time coming right out and saying "I love my ego"
justwannabe2010-07-04 21:05:38 +0000 #6
you love the challenges, love the ego because it wants you to have fun, to enjoy yourself. WHen life is evolving you may end up finding meditation fun, helping others may become fun, talking with homeless people may be fun. Your ego may end up liking many things that you think it would not like, why? because it gets to experience a whole new world

many people seee the ego as bad and guess what, if you see it as bad it will be bad. I tried for a long time to loose my ego, it burned me up inside and I despised many things about the world. I resisted my ego and it fought back. If you love your ego, even laugh at it and with it, and give into it, then when it it time for meditation it may not be so resistent. I was under the impression for a long time that the ego is the enemy. what did jesus say about the enemy, "love thy enemy:" Love yourself, every part of yourself. withhold judgement of the ego, withhold judgement. Expand in love and the dark spots will be filled with light. Be careful of what you try and supress, for it may be stronger then you. Grow in love and nothing will be stronger then you, nothing is stronger then love. Many people on this board, and in life, say "love and light" start loving and watch the light shine from the inside.

more then thoughts

Neil
Aaron2010-07-04 21:23:31 +0000 #7
justwannabe,

I agree with you've said in your post, although I came to the same conclusion through a different path. I too tried to free myself of my ego and for the most part, I achieved that goal... once.

Now, I don't supress it, I don't avoid it, I don't even just embrace it, I encourage it.

For me personally my ego is more essential than the air I breathe. Although I suspect everyone will have a very different experiance.
Mirjana2010-07-05 00:08:13 +0000 #8
Hi Neil,

I think that you posted quite some time ago a quote: "What you love strengthens you, and what you don't like weakens you." And we need to be strong to make changes, right?

Anodea Judith says in a book Eastern body Western mind:

"The ego is like a house. It is where we live. It contains us, gives us place to grow and change, and creates boundaries, which are necessary for forming ourselves as an entity. It balances energy in the system, keeping us in homoeostasis. Ego is not that it is limiting - but that we let ourselves be confined by it at all times. We stay confined out of fear, guilt, or shame, and never go outside to the larger world, never open our windows and doors. It is not wrong to have a home, but it should be an anchor for experience, not a limitation."
Philippe*2010-07-04 22:44:41 +0000 #9
I guess that by ego you mean the sense of individuality, of I-ness. We could say that there is a positive aspect of ego when one is aware of one's own existence and finds harmony in relation with environment with others. There is another aspect, cause of suffering, where there is ignorance, confusion on our true nature, the principle of consciousness, there is contemplation of the mind as if it were separate from the rest of the Nature. We should aim at getting rid of this negative aspect in an attempt to live a more harmonious life.

Philippe
moth2010-07-04 23:00:41 +0000 #10
Hello and No,

I don’t like my ego. Or what I think is my ego. It’s extremely bossy and controlling and distracting and undermines me at every turn. I do sometimes feel like I‘m in some sort of an eternal battle and it’s exhausting. I understand (well, I think I understand) that I need to learn to be more positive and try to push it aside, or turn it around, or lose it. But, while I’m relatively new to yoga, I’m old to my life so the change sometimes feels like too big of a task and I don’t have enough time (year-wise, not hour-wise). More simply stated, I don’t know how to deal with it. Or how to consider it. Or how to live with it.

So....I usually just try to ignore it and look for some happiness or peace in the few moments it’s off duty.
justwannabe2010-07-04 22:26:50 +0000 #11
aaron, I think you could live without your ego for ten minutes you probably do that in certain stages of sleep?

Mirjana, you have a better memory of what I wrote then I did, you by chance have a photographic memory? I met a girl once who did and she got her 4 year degree in 2.5 years, that would be cool to have. Yeah I think stepping out of the ego/house has its time and place. If we always try and suppress ego then we may always have the ego fighting us and not allowing us to leave the house for a while. But if we take care of our house/ego and have fun and enjoy life then I would think expanding our boundries would be much easier.

phillipe, the main reason for the post was just to throw somethign out into the universe and also refine myself.

according to the definition you wrote, positive and negative ego, I will give examples along the lines of the way I am thinking.

You want something sweet

negative ego would be getting a candy bar. they have refined sugars and for the most part are not very good for you and you may have a headache after

You could always have some mango, an orange, pinapple, or whatever your favorite fruit is. for me I love a great mango, orange, pinapple, watermelon. you will be nourishing your body while having somehting sweet as well

You want a sweet drink

negative ego gets you a coke, caffeine gets you a quck high and then you crash off a little after the coke

positive ego takes a lemon, some maply syrup, water, a little ice and puts it in a blendor, now you have great tasting lemonade from all natural ingredients made out of love by you and no crash a couple hours later

You crave to have a beautiful partner in your life

Negative ego will go to a nightclub and possibly pick up the first physically attractive woman you are able to, very shortly you will not feel secure or fulfilled with this woman and be yearning for something more

positive ego would be more patient and wait for one who is attractive to you inside and out, one who helps you to expand in love, not in lust, fear, jeleousy, etc.. With the positive ego woman just going for a walk and holding hands is an enjoyable thing.

love your ego, give it what it wants in a loving way so you are not always searching for more.

just my opinion

neil
Hubert2010-07-05 01:30:56 +0000 #12
Here everyone seems to know what the ego is. So tell me, what is it ?

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