Seven steps for overcoming ego’s hold on you
1. Stop being offended
2. Let go of your need to win
3. Let go of your need to be right
4. Let go of your need to be superior
5. Let go of your need to have more
6. Let go of identifying yourself on the basis of your achievements
7. Let go of your reputation
Ego is the source of a lot of conflict and dissension because it pushes you in the direction of making other people wrong.
This one issue is the deal breaker for most people who quit meditating. They fight, they struggle, they strain and get frustrated. “I just can’t get my mind to shut off! Meditation is just too hard for me”.
Well. The whole key to this problem is to stop struggling, stop trying at all. If your…
"What has vanished over the past 40 years isn’t just Americans’ rising incomes. It’s their sense of control over their lives. The young college graduates working in jobs requiring no more than a high-school degree, the middle-aged unemployed who have permanently opted out of a labor market that has no place for them, the 45- to 60-year-olds who say they will have to delay their retirement because they have insufficient savings—all these and more are leading lives that have diverged from the aspirations that Americans until recently believed they could fulfill. This May, a Pew poll asked respondents if they thought that today’s children would be better or worse off than their parents. Sixty-two percent said worse off, while 33 percent said better."
- The 40-Year Slump (via courtenaybird)
Night Dreams by Jorge Maia – photographer from Lisboa, Portugal.
"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."
- John Burroughs (via zubat)
(Source: larmoyante, via liberate-you)