“Ego is defined as the ‘I’ or self of any person, a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought. ” Ego lives from pride and self-importance. It feeds on fear, worry, anger, envy, victimization, lack, or limiting beliefs. An ego-centered mind is a trap of false beliefs that drive you to self-defeating behaviors towards yourself and others. A spirit-centered life is not one of victimization, it is one of love and peace. Ego is judgmental, fearful, and resentful. Spirit is fearless, giving, and joyful. Which do you live in?
Society has taught us “an eye for an eye”, to get even, compete, be angry, deceptive, and negative. These are all unhealthy habits for us to live day to day with. We would feel so much better living from a joyous life than one filled with sadness. Every morning when you open your eyes, before you even get out of bed, give thanks. Thank your higher power, whomever it may be: God, Buddha, Energy, The Universe. Say thank you for this day, your health, your family, your friends, and whatever brings you happiness. Throughout your day, smile, give people compliments, feed the homeless or give them some money if your life is too hectic. Read positive affirmations for five minutes a day to uplift you or motivate you to have a happier day. When people around you start to gossip or try to talk negatively, walk away or ask them to stop. We all have control of our lives and who we allow into our lives. Choose uplifting people and not those that try and pull us down.
Focus your thoughts on what you want in your life, not want you don’t want. Create and manifest goodness into your life. Do not dwell on the past or what has gone wrong. The ego loves to try and drive us into negative thinking, dwelling on the past, worrying about the future. The spirit wants us to live for the moment and just be present in the here and now. The spirit does not dwell, or worry, it just heals, grows, and rejoices in the present. It is not easy to change from an ego-driven life to a spiritually enlightened life, but it is possible. So many people are just addicted to their negative thought patterns and they need to stop and fill their minds with positive ones. There is always a solution to a problem. You may not find it immediately, but it will appear when the time is right. If you have faith and believe that you can turn your life from negative to positive, you will! The power of the mind is all you need to control every single thought you have. At first, you might get a few positive thoughts to clear away the negative ones, and over time you will have many more positive than negative thoughts. It takes practice.
Fear, anger, rejection, loneliness, depression, hate, and negativity are all emotions that a person leading an ego-centered life has on a daily basis. Who wants to live a life with these thoughts poisoning our minds? Wouldn’t you rather be fearless, patient, understanding, compassionate, joyful, peaceful, and full of love everyday? Yes, we are all human and we will all have some bad days in our lives, but we have a choice on which way we want to live the majority of the days and it is so simple. All it takes is making a conscious effort to take charge of your mind and fill it with good things and not bad. As I say in every article, meditate! Meditation allows us to clear our minds and start fresh with positive thoughts. It stops us and makes us calm our minds from all the clutter. If you are a very busy person with no time, try meditating ten minutes a day and longer on days you have more time. You can also just close your eyes and take three long deep breaths. This will help clear the negativity away also. When I take my deep breaths, I imagine white light coming into my body and as I exhale I imagine all the darkness leaving my body. Remember to exercise at least three times a week and eat healthy, nutritious foods. Embrace this positive change, and start today!