Saturday, March 13, 2010

Something about the ego

Here's an image that is both descriptive and evocative:

The ego, as a collection of our past experiences, is continually offering miserable lines of thought. It’s as if there were a stream with little fish swimming by, and when we hook one of them there is a judgment. The ego is constantly judging everybody and everything. It has its constant little chit chat about things that can happen in the future, things about the past, too, and these are the little fish that swim by. And what we learn to do — this is why it takes work — is to not reach out and grab a fish.

- Hugh Prather

That, of course, is why meditative practice is so very important. In meditation we learn the real how of not grabbing a fish.

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