You are not a problem that needs solving.
To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody's mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history.
When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you're waiting for the elevator -- instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.
Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not 'yours,' not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.
The only thing you ever have is now.
If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.
People don't realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.
What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am. 'Who am I, then?' The one who sees that.
Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.
Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of 'I know.' Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.
That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.
Life is an adventure, it's not a package tour.
People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.
Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
Always say 'yes' to the present moment... Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life -- and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.
You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection -- you cannot cope with the future.
When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what's around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.
Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.
Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.
Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.
If there are people you haven't forgiven, you're not going to really awaken. You have to let go.
People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
Don't wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.
The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.