“We can learn to transcend our ego, gradually, by placing ourselves more and more in the position of the transcendental Self, which knows no likes and dislikes but simply witnesses all experiences and states of existence. As our capacity for witnessing – mindfulness – increases, we automatically slip more and more into our true nature.”
When we have a mindfulness practice our ego begins to lose its power over us. We start to see ourselves as connected beings rather than separate.
What does this look like? We notice our self reflected in others. We have more compassion for our self as well as others. We become part of humanity and beingness. We learn to let go of expectations of how things should be and trust in each moment as it unfolds.
The more we practice and connect to our higher Self, the more we let go of the past and our worries about the future.
There is no need to escape, because we are already home.
We learn to trust and live in place of love rather than fear.
This is our true nature.
Some sages say it takes years of practice with discipline and willpower, while other modern sages say that we are able to open to it in the moment when we live from our true nature. Georg Feuerstein’s words capture both elements of the traditional long path and the modern short path on the spiritual journey.