Genuine humility is hard to practice. We so easily get stuck in ego. Any kind of grasping our getting stuck on ourself, or selfishness, is ego. Usually people understand this to be arrogance. Insecurity is also ego, stuck in thinking we are not good enough. The ego is tricky. It pops up when least expected. Humility is nested in love and compassion. Concern for others’ wellbeing automatically takes us away from grasping at ourself, just like a teeter-tatter, and balance scale. Why is having concern for others’ welfare so important? Because others are just like us, looking for peace and happiness. They are just as important as we are. In fact, there are so many others, they are much more important than just one me. This does not mean I am inferior. On the contrary, we are equal from this important perspective.
Fame and disrespect is the second pair of the 8 worldly concerns. The 8 worldly concerns are the ways we ordinarily live our lives. Our default position is to be caught up with these. We […]
What is real and what is not real? That is the question. Is my ego that generates anger, jealousy, and pride real? Or is it mistaken? That is the question. If it is real, we […]
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. […]