Ego Experience Essence
A dose of inspiration for today! I love this quote by Ken Wilber!
It's easy to get caught up in the identity of who we 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 we are, or who we 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 ourselves to be, rather than who we truly 𝙖𝙧𝙚.
So if we're not our emotions, thoughts, desires, etc., then who are we really, and why does this matter to us as leaders, and communicators?
For me, when we over identify with the ego, which Freud identified in psychoanalytic theory, as the 'conscious mind', the part of us that we identify with as 'self', or with the experience of 'self', which is our emotions, thoughts, desires etc. we lose connection to the truest part of our 'self' - our essence.
When we limit ourselves to ego and experience, we limit our potential, possibility and our purpose.
So the next time you may feel overwhelmed by what you may be experiencing, or the meanings you're making about those experiences, please take a moment to stop, and realise that you've left home.
You've left the 'you' that's way more that what you're going through, and all that's required, is not to fix, or find, or create yourself, but rather, to return to self.
Mindfulness, or meditation are some of the best ways to do that.
That's when we truly begin to free ourselves from our 'selves' so that we're not longer at the mercy of our thoughts, emotions, desires, or even by who we think we are, and we can start tapping into and living from the limitless part of who we truly are.
Here's the quote:
“I have a body, but I am not my body. I can see and feel my body, and what can be seen and felt is not the true Seer. My body may be tired or excited, sick or healthy, heavy or light, but that has nothing to do with my inward I. I have a body, but I am not my body. I have desires, but I am not my desires. I can know my desires, and what can be known is not the true Knower. Desires come and go, floating through my awareness, but they do not affect my inward I. I have desires but I am not desires. I have emotions, but I am not my emotions. I can feel and sense my emotions, and what can be felt and sensed is not the true Feeler. Emotions pass through me, but they do not affect my inward I. I have emotions but I am not emotions. I have thoughts, but I am not my thoughts. I can know and intuit my thoughts, and what can be known is not the true Knower. Thoughts come to me and thoughts leave me, but they do not affect my inward I. I have thoughts but I am not my thoughts.”
― Ken Wilber, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
Please let me know your thoughts on this, I'd love to hear from you. ✨✨