What Is The Ego Mind?

Demystifying the Ego Mind: A Deeper Look 

What is Ego Mind, Really? 

When we hear the word “ego,” we often think of arrogance or someone who’s full of themselves. But the ego is much more than that, and it quietly weaves its way into our daily lives in ways we might not even notice. 

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Everyday Ego Mind: Recognising It in Our Lives 

Let’s take a wander through some familiar scenarios: 

  1. Seeking Approval: You post a photo on social media and sit there, refreshing like a mad person, waiting for those likes and comments. Your spirits soar with each heart and thumbs up, but if the response is a bit meh, you feel deflated. That’s your ego, ever hungry for validation. 

  1. Defensiveness:  Someone dares to criticise your work, and you instantly become defensive. Instead of seeing it as a helpful nudge, you take it as a personal attack. This is your ego putting up its dukes to protect your self-image. 

  1. Comparison:  You catch yourself comparing your life, job, or achievements to others, feeling either smug or inadequate. This endless game of comparison is your ego’s way of measuring your worth against external standards. 

Ego Mind in a Spiritual Context 

In the realm of spiritual practices, particularly in yoga, the ego (known as Ahamkara) is seen as the false self. It’s the identity we’ve pieced together from our experiences, culture, and environment. While it gives us a sense of individuality, it also creates a barrier between our true self and the wider world. 

The Constructed Self: How Ego Mind Shapes Our Reality 

The ego shapes how we see ourselves and the world. It’s like a crafty illusionist, taking in impressions from our surroundings and forming a self-image that often leads us to act in ways that protect this identity—even if it’s unhealthy. For example, you might stay in a job you detest because it fits the successful persona you want to project, even though it’s slowly draining your soul. 

Yoga’s Role: Dissolving the Ego Mind to Uncover the True Self 

Yoga offers a path to dissolve this constructed self. Through mindful practice, we begin to see beyond the ego’s tricks. We start connecting with our true self, or dharma, which is our unique purpose and potential in life. 

Balancing Act: Ego and Soul 

While the ego isn’t all bad—it helps us navigate the world—it should be steered by our deeper self, the soul (Purusha). This balance allows us to act in harmony with our true nature, making choices that benefit both ourselves and the larger community. 

Practical Steps to Start Dissolving the Ego Mind
  1. Mindfulness:  Practice being present in the moment. Notice when your ego is on the hunt for validation, comparison, or getting defensive. Acknowledge these feelings without judgement. 

  1. Self-Inquiry:  Ask yourself why you react in certain ways. Are your actions driven by fear, insecurity, or the need for approval? This self-awareness is the first step towards change. 

  1. Yoga Practice:  Engage in regular yoga practice. It not only strengthens your body but also calms your mind, helping you connect with your true self. 

  1. Gratitude:  Cultivate gratitude for what you have. This shifts your focus from what you lack (a trick of the ego) to appreciating the present moment. 

  1. Service:  Engage in acts of kindness and service. This helps diminish the ego’s grip by fostering a sense of connection and community. 

Conclusion: Transforming Your Life 

Understanding and working with your ego isn’t about getting rid of it entirely but learning to see through its smoke and mirrors. Yoga provides tools to dissolve the false self and uncover your true potential. By weaving these practices into your daily life, you can live more authentically, aligned with your true purpose. 


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