Your ego mainly takes over your life when you are not remembering to be conscious. Since it's a question of practice, you simply may not yet have done enough of that. But here are some typical examples of what may happen:
- you find yourself getting very annoyed at the car ahead of you when the light turns green and they take all of 3 seconds to realize it and only then begin to shift their gears
- you find that you are still annoyed at them when you manage to overtake them
- perhaps you give them a sidelong glance
- perhaps you wave your hand at them in annoyance
- perhaps you give them the finger
- you find yourself angry that you are now risking getting to work late
- when you do prepare to slide into your parking slot just barely in time, you find someone else has taken it
- your anger increases
- as you enter your office (or cubicle), you find a load of messages on your desk ... people have been calling for the past 10 minutes.
- you increase your feeling of being annoyed, you continue feeling angry, and a measure of guilt is added to the equation
- and it's only 9 am
In all of this you have not taken the fact that you could have set the alarm clock 10 minutes earlier and hence left the house 10 minutes earlier and hence avoided your inner feelings of stress into account.
And furthermore, in all of this you have not come to consciousness once. Because if you had, you would have remembered that you have a choice about all of these inner reactions of your ego that want to always be right, that like to place the blame out there, and that does not want to look iinside and make changes. You could have switched off from your ego, or set your ego to one side, or recognized that it is your ego that was taking over and that you prefer to be in charge and not your ego.
Remaining conscious is critical to your state of inner well-being. And you will only get there by practicing.
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