Humility is life’s central pillar. Without it our ego puffs up. Our head swells like a hot air balloon. We fly away into another reality and lose our friends. Life becomes very lonely. As ego goes up, compassion goes down. We become concerned only about number one – no one else. It is a prison of loneliness. Healthy self-confidence helps us to balance without putting anyone down – not myself, and not others. It trains us to avoid the extremes of inferiority complex and arrogance. The most highly respected and trusted individuals are humble – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Nelson Mandela; Saint Mother Teresa; Mahatma Gandhi; and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Cultivating humility brings good sleep, wellbeing, respect, and trust.
We tend to judge ourselves and compare ourselves with others. Sometimes we feel we are not as good as others. At other times we feel better than others. This is all the tricky mischievous ego. […]
The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warm-heartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest; it is as if we open an inner door. An […]