Before a Fall (Meditation Series Part II) Thu, Aug 13, 2015
Happy Thursday Everyone!
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
Among the "seven deadly sins," pride is considered the deadliest. To steal something from Sunday school, the danger of pride is the "I" in the middle. Pride is so dangerous because it is the ultimate self-centered state of mind. In less religious terms, we call this phenomenon "ego." As you get deeper into a meditation practice, you will begin to learn how to separate yourself from your ego. This is important because your ego is chiefly concerned with being considered great or powerful or important, especially in comparison to others. And as we all know on some level, living your whole life compared to others is painful, and ultimately futile. A person ruled by their ego cannot be happy as long as there's someone richer, or more popular, or better looking (and there always is).
Meditation can help you by allowing your consciousness to function independently of surface thoughts. With work, you can see and cut away the vain desires that drag you down into unhappiness. This is a running theme, but I'll say it again: your thoughts and desires are not who you are. If you want to change and improve, you absolutely can.
Be what you want to be!