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Let Go of the Ego

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Katie Krimitsos
Creator: Women's Meditation Network
How tricky our ego can be. She feeds off of fear and scarcity, And leaves pain and suffering in her wake. Her desire is to keep us safe, But in doing so, she keeps us small and imprisoned. And the only way to true freedom, Is to recognize the ego when she appears, understand why she’s there, and let her go. So the intention of today’s meditation is to give you a practice to identify and let go of your ego, so you can continue the never-ending practice of transcending beyond her into a space of connectedness and love with your true self.
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Cherish
Befriending...
Always looking out for number 1, our ego does what it thinks is best for us. It keeps us safe. But, in doing so, we often don’t venture outside of our comfort zone. Our ego wants to be right all the time. But, in doing so, we find ourselves in unnecessary arguments and usually with the people we love the most. Our ego is our identity. But, our identity isn’t truly who we are. In this profound meditation, Katie teaches us a practice that allows us to understand and ultimately befriend our ego. Aware of the subtle waves of my breath, I settled on a bench, feeling the cool air on my cheeks. While taking in all of my surroundings, I noticed a little girl sitting next to me. I touched her hand and a recent memory of when I was mad flashed before my eyes. Reliving this time, I felt my blood begin to boil. I touched her back and recalled a time in which I felt scared. Reliving this time, I felt my heart pounding and belly quivering. I touched the top of her and a recent time I was sad flashed before my eyes. Reliving this time, I felt the heaviness in my heart and the wetness from tears rolling down my cheeks. I got down on my knees in front of this little girl and looked her right in the eyes. Realizing that this little girl was my ego, I understood why she has showed up at various times of my life and why she had been acting the way she has. Embracing her, I watched her walk away. Free from my ego, I felt an immense peace inside. There was no voice telling me to do anything. There was no voice questioning my actions. Indeed, without hearing her voice, I felt my true self. I Am Absolutely Limitless! Knowing that she will be back, I realize that I will need to recognize her when she tries to invade my mind and body with negative thoughts and emotions. Having a distance, but healthy relationship with her will allow me to continue this journey humbled and grateful. Thank you, Katie! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Teddi
Why did I not want to let go?
This meditation really hit home for me. But as I was asked to hug the little girl and let her go, I found myself crying and just wanting to hold on tighter, not let her go. I was wondering why she was so just. What was causing all the anger, sadness, fear to course through her. But I saw more in her than just those qualities. Maybe I was reading more into this analogy than I was supposed to. All I wanted to do was comfort her and tell her things would be ok, that she wasn’t going to be abandoned. Even as I write these words, I find myself sobbing. Why? And if I’m honest, I kept thinking “What if this IS all I am?” There was a voice inside me shouting that maybe this is all I’ve become. These feelings cloud and overshadow everything else I am. But I don’t know why. Katie, I’ve been listening to your meditations more and more lately, partly because they are often so thought provoking, but also because you encourage me to think more positively of myself than I do. I hear your greeting of “Good morning, beautiful!” and it always makes me smile with instant happiness. You’re the only one who ever tells me that. I am trying so hard to believe I am more than just these things (my ego), but it’s very hard for me. I feel so messed up today. I know that wasn’t the intent of this meditation, but I guess sometimes the mind and the emotions go unintended places. This mindfulness journey I’ve started this year is proving to be so much more (and tougher) than I could have ever imagined. But I know it’s the right path for me at this point in my life. Thank you, Katie, for all of your focus on helping women. You ARE helping me. Today was just really, REALLY hard. 😢😖🥺
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Marques Pizarro
Letting go
I learned that ego is not me, but apart of me. Who wants us to be safe, but it can hurt us, as it has done in the past. The hug allowed me to accept my ego, and move on. To be my true self.
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