I credit A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle for really opening up my eyes to concept of being present, truly appreciating nature and most importantly understanding the dangers of being led by ego. Actually, now that I think about it, Hubby first planted the seed of taking the time to explore and enjoy the world around me when we were first dating – he would show me different parts of the city of Minneapolis that he had discovered during his first year or so in the city.
My natural tendency is to be doing something…being productive (or at least thinking about being productive). I think that all too often, a lot of my self-worth is tied up in what I have accomplished in a given day, what type of feedback I’m getting at work, how many checks I have on my “being the perfect mother, wife, employee…” checklist. A New Earth taught me that this is really my ego.
Like most things, the self-improvement journey is more like a marathon and less like a sprint. Reading this book didn’t suddenly make me someone unaffected by ego but it did help tremendously with understanding what ego really is and how to recognize when it is rearing its ugly head.
What is it about?
In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle describes and defines Ego and provides tools that we can use to transform ourselves from human beings that are led by our ego to human beings who are led by our true selves. I know that sounds a bit hokey, but I found that this book took some really complicated and complex concepts and explained them in a way that makes sense.
- Definition of ego: “Any image you have of yourself that gives you a sense of identity. And that identity is derived from the things you tell yourself and what others tell you about yourself that you accept as truth”. In essence, ego is what covers up your authentic self.
- Our attachment and reliance on ego creates the scenarios that lead to anger, jealousy and unhappiness.
- In order to recognize ego, you must first understand what it is and how it works.
- “You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge”
I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like, if we all could recognize when our ego was taking over, move it to the side and allow our true consciousness to come through.
How would our families be different?
How would our communities be different?
How would our Government be different? Now that is something to wish for, right?!?
Catch up on other posts in this series here.