I am thankful for my ego. Having had the circumstances in life that allowed the development of a healthy sense of “self”, is the very reason I can look beyond that self. Developing a healthy ego is a gift, allowing me to function in what often seems to be a crazy world with all its normal stressors and joys. And like all steps in development this evolution serves a purpose and foundation for the next level. I would not be able to see that there is something beyond my ego if it were not developed in the first place – the same way I would not be able to think in abstract terms had I not first learned to think concretely. I would be a mess (ok, more of a mess) if I could only think in concrete terms – I would be so limited in life. I’d also be limited if all I understood about the self was merely egoic in nature. The journey towards “beyond self” begins with first knowing the self. It is why I breathe, it is why I cultivate mindfulness, it is why I understand the profound power of compassion. So today anyway, I give thanks for my ego.
The following are the words of John Snelling, from Elements of Buddhism. May it move you towards your own enlightening. With open hands, John