Your ego is the story you have created about yourself and the world.
The ego is not “good” or “bad” or something you can destroy or avoid, it’s just the tool we use to understand and navigate life.
The ego is only an issue when you’re unaware of it; when you identify with your mind (thoughts, beliefs, emotions), your body, and even externals like your job, your car and your money. To identify with the ego is to be driven by it; to let ego decide life for you—to have no true free will.
To cultivate a healthy ego then, you have to realize that you’re not your mind or body, but the awareness that notices and rules over them. To become aware of your ego is to drive your ego; is to tell your ego, or self, what your life is about—to have true free will.
Rather than “fighting” your ego, become aware of it and create the best version of it, by cultivating better thoughts, words and actions.
Your ego is the door to awareness—the door to your awakening. Your friend.
”When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. — Lao Tzu
”What you resist not only persists, but grows in size. — Carl Jung
”The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile. — Plato
”Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available. — Osho
”The ego is a tool. You don't separate it. It's a tool for the spirit. — Ram Dass
”Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? — Abraham Lincoln
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