Ego and conscious mind
Our conscious mind/ego self identity tends to focus on what is not going well, what we do not have, what outside us is not helping to make us healthy, happy and peaceful. This outer focus often results in frustration, fear, misdirected passion, power struggles, relationship and identity problems.
I believe this is part of our primitive brain that developed to protect us from harm when we lived in very different circumstances than we do today.
The good news is shifting to higher awareness overrides this conditioning and strengthens higher level human capacities .
Shift ego out of fear and build inner strength and resiliency.
Practicing mindfulness helps to develop focus, concentration and brings inner peace. Clarity of mind helps to identify and detach from unhealthy patterns of mind.
A practice that includes attention to the feelings of gratitude and appreciation brings coherence (harmony) to our heart, brain and nervous system. Expanding the innate power of our heart’s capacity provides us with the ability to move beyond the stress and fatigue born of judgment and analysis into inner ease, acceptance, compassion and wisdom.
As we tend to our inner landscape we become less vulnerable to outer stresses and develop a healthy foundation for self love and self acceptance. We also begin to be able to hold life’s duality rather than getting caught in the separatism of the ego with its judgments of good and bad, black and white. As a result, we become much more capable of having a direct, full, rich experience of all of life. Much of the frustration with “what is” drops away making us a much clearer and stronger agent of change.