By Erin Anderson
Posted in The Real Deal, on October 15, 2012
The ego is a much debated and discussed topic, especially in the yoga world. Day after day we each face our ego, the dark side and the light side. On the mat and off. We have practices to quiet down the chatter in the brain (aka the inside voice of our ego) and access a quieter, less attached state. I always wonder what it would be like to gather people together in a room and put their inside voices on loudspeaker...woah...kinda scary thought right? I know this because it's going on in my head RIGHT NOW! I'm typing and talking in my head at the same time! We're too smart us humans, we need to access our simpler side. I once heard that humans are "meaning making machines". The machinery in our heads will process what we hear and see and attach a meaning to it. It'll sound something like this... "She said...what does that mean? Who does she think she is? My shoulders are sore. Why doesn't she like me? She's for sure mad. What's for dinner? Dammn I forgot to pay my phone bill...I'm lazy and unlikeable." Now how does one begin to simplify this hot mess? Instead of analysing and dissecting each thought what if we could think of soap bubbles instead?
"Your ego may be just a soap bubble. Maybe for a few seconds it will remain, rising higher in the air. Perhaps for a few seconds it may have a rainbow, but it is only for a few seconds. In this infinite and eternal existence your egos go on bursting every moment. It is better not to have any attachment with soap bubbles." - Osho
Brilliant man that Osho. Our ego is part of us, light and dark. We can cultivate the light but why? It'll burst just as quickly as the dark. I love the work of the zen masters, continually letting go. It's a life long practice, one that begins right now.
Pop! There goes another moment!