Month: January 2020

At Once Together

outside the window and at once together
a hawk and a butterfly

the hawk high with the wind
the butterfly low to the flower

to the dance a flutter
and the grace of wing

fields fell silent
grasses dipped

and a bottlebrush,
it’s vermillion tipped

 

Martinos © 2020

Ego Awareness – a contemplation

How to know when our ego is serving or harming us?

First Principle
It is serving us when we are serving ourselves and others through conscious and constructive thoughts, words and actions. Detached observation, acceptance, forgiveness, empathy, kindness, compassion, humility, candour, curiosity, accountability and ownership are hallmarks and manifest in any weather.

It is not serving us when we are hurting ourselves and others through unconscious, defensive and unconstructive thoughts, words and actions. Blame, excuse, denial, unkindness, judgmentalism, aggression, projection, self interest, disownership and lack of accountability are hallmarks and can manifest in any weather.

Second Principle
Without governance, guidance, and good gardening, left to its own devices our ego will serve itself at any cost and choose the latter.

Third Principle
Our ego is masterful at hiding in plain sight: Self-righteousness, projection and judgment are primary indicators of our blind spots.

Fourth Principle
Our bodies, emotions, ways of thinking and our relationships feel expansive and spacious when we are in service to ourselves and others.

Our bodies, emotions, ways of thinking and our relationships feel contracted when we are not.

Fifth Principle
An ego with awareness will see itself as a connected part of the greater whole.

An ego without awareness will see itself as the centre of the whole.

Sixth Principle
It is possible to know the difference and choose to move from one ego state to another. But not without an intent to do so. And then only, with practice, patience, persistence and loving kindness.

Seventh Principle
In stillness and with attentive grace it is possible to contemplate beyond all separateness, to the unity and connectedness of all.

Martin @ 2020