Through our thinking, our ego trips us up in two ways. Firstly, it’s insecure. Secondly, it exists in a world of right and wrong.
Given a choice the ego will wonder if –or more often even assume– that we’re wrong. And in a world filled with unfathomable choice, this constant second-guessing ends up being a mental form of self-flagellation as a daily experience.
Everyone reading this knows this flagellation. Not one among us escapes the harsh critiques of an ego raised in these days of knowledge and ignorance –and more importantly, the fear of the latter.
We all know how critical our egos can be of ourselves in our thoughts. Is it any wonder people are depressed? Most of us spend most of our days telling ourselves that either we or others are wrong when in many cases our opinion of an event is irrelevant.
Despite the gravity of the subject of choice and desire, Barry’s presentation is warm and funny. And he really does make a compelling argument for creating more happiness by simplifying our lives by wanting less. Enjoy.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own over-thinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.