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On Being Ego-less

Gautama Buddha

The practice of meditation is an active process. Although it might seem like one is not doing much of anything, continued practice will get to the core of one’s mental thoughts and how one processes these thoughts and mental images.

One thing too often missed is the act of losing one’s Ego. Perhaps it’s not really the act of losing the Ego, but maybe the process of withdrawing sensory perception to go further inward. We are motivated to do things and acquire things because of our Ego. We are also motivated by our cravings and desires, which is all based on the Ego.

Take away the Ego?

Well, it’s an excellent exercise in addressing what our desires and cravings are!

By examining our thoughts and getting to the root of where they are coming from, one can learn that many of us have become slaves to these desires and cravings. I think meditation helps us to discipline the mind so that we aren’t just helpless and fall prey to the cravings and desires that might be detrimental to our mind, body and spirit.

If anything, meditation will allow us to step back and analyzing our lives from a third person perspective. Then we can pick our thoughts apart and not just be a slave to the senses.

In meditation, it’s important to breathe. For it’s the breath that will help guide us through a meditation session.

In the beginning, it’s okay to let the mind ramble. A good approach is not to force the mind to be calm, but to let the mind do it’s thing and slowly pick apart our strings of thought and release them. Let them go.

A goal in meditation is to bring the mind to a single-pointedness. Thus the object of concentration is thus achieved.

The thing about meditation, is that it literally can change one’s way of thinking. Meaning, each meditation session carries over into everyday living. Meditation suddenly becomes a vehicle toward transformation of our mind, body and spirit.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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