Mindfulness, Social Justice, Ego, Equality
We so often focus on mindfulness for ourselves or to be better there for our family or friends.
This week, I've been focusing on mindfulness and how it can lead to social justice, betterment for humanity, for something on a greater scale. As we practice mindfulness, we sometimes become more aware of our ego. Our false sense of self, our identities that we cling onto, how we choose to be to fit in, how we set ourselves apart from others. Our ego separates each of us from each other, and those identities can be beautiful, but it can also include feelings of dominance, superiority, judgement, defensiveness, prejudices, or black and white thinking.
When we are mindfully checking ourselves, acknowledging the role our ego is playing in our lives, we can start to let go of our attachment to our ego. As we start to detach from our ego, we start to see that we are much more than these stereotypes, these identities, and that we are constantly changing, as all others are too. We never know what each day will surely bring. We are never the same from one year to the next. We start to realize that we aren't us versus them. We aren't superior or inferior. Our ego just longs for us to think so. When we aren't trying to differentiate ourselves from others, it is so much easier to see what we all have in common, that we are all living beings on this earth, bread from very similar DNA, all facing challenges day to day, just under different circumstances.
And this, transcending our ego, seeing our true equality as humans, this right here is what leads to social justice. Because when egos are ruling our lives, we are inclined only to stand up for those that we see as equal to us, or superior to us. Without our egos and attachments and differences being our guiding force, we can see all beings as equals, we can more easily practice compassion towards anyone, we can more easily set out for social justice for anyone who is treated less than due to someone else's ego.
So be mindful of your ego. See where this practice can take you. Our egos influence our lives in so many more ways than just what I've written here, so follow whatever path arises for you in this contemplation, but I invite you to discuss with me how your ego has played a role in your life, your treatment of others, your worldviews. I'll spend a lifetime considering this, checking my ego, but each little bit of my ego that I can transcend, the better I will be for it.
yoga, food, family, and travel. these are what drive my life! as a stay at home mom of 2 little girls with an active yoga practice. i longed to find the perfect yoga class for my own children. i felt a calling to a kids yoga teacher training in early November, 2017 and answered the call. in 2018, i felt called towards a greater mission. teaching teens & adults. today, i am living my dream.