Welcome back! Today’s post will be short and sweet, but will challenge you to think deeply about how much your allow your ego to impact your life and relationships. We all have an ego, which to me represents control and attachment. For example, we may become attached to possessions, material wealth, other people, our looks, or our reputation, to name a few pitfalls. We may also want to feel in control of others, situations around us, outcomes of our actions, and future events. Our egos trick us into thinking that maintaining control, achieving perfection and acquiring physical things will result in happiness, but it never does and the pursuit never ends! Our egos make us act like Wile E. Coyote, who is compelled to forever chase the Roadrunner (who represents perfection, wealth, control, etc.) yet never catch him. The reality is that we do not have to identify so closely with our egos, and that happiness and peace are within reach by training our minds to relinquish the need to obsessively control people and things, live in present moment and be grateful for the abundance already in our lives. This is not to say that we should not set goals and pursue them; rather we should do all we can to achieve them, but realize we are not in control of the outcome. Work hard and be grateful for what transpires. What “should be” is a mental construct and a figment of your imagination; appreciate what is right now, because the present moment is all we really have.
This is easier said than done and I found that the practice of regular meditation is very helpful in providing a positive perspective. I am personally a big fan of Deepak Chopra’s guided meditations, which can be found here: https://chopracentermeditation.com/store. I have purchased Perfect Health, Abundance and Desire & Destiny, and they were life changing. I therefore encourage you to give yourself the gift of true peace and happiness by adding the practice of daily meditation to your routine. You CAN teach your Wile E. Ego that it doesn’t need to chase and catch the Roadrunner to be blissfully happy after all!