: Lesson 109: Asmita (Egoism)
Is your ego getting in the way of your path towards Peace and Contentment? As one of the five “afflictions of the mind” in Yoga Psychology, let us take a look at this dis-ease called Egoism.
The Yoga Sutras describes Egoism as the misidentification with the “I” part of our human experience. Most people immediately think of someone who might be overly self-important, proud, arrogant, boastful...egotistical. While this is a form of Egoism, our understanding broadens when we look at the other side—one who has a weak self image, low self confidence, can’t speak up for themselves, allows themselves to be taken advantage of.
Yoga’s solution? It all begins with awareness. Is my sense of “I” taking me toward the Highest version of myself, or taking me back into darkness and suffering? Creating an intention for how we think, speak and act in each day can help us nurture a healthy Ego. The more we become familiar with a chosen intention such as “love” the more we can catch ourselves when we are not embodying and expressing that Truth. We can then wait or act with carefulness so as to, once again, move in the direction of our spiritual growth and well-being.
You can ask yourself at any time, “What would my Highest Self do in this moment?”