Monday, May 11, 2009
Ride On The Peace Train
EDIT: This outfit post is in honor of my gal pal, Lindsey. She has always wanted me to do an "outfit of the day" post, so here you go, Linds! I'm no model, as you can see, which is why I have hesitated before. Excuse my mere mortal-ness! This is my "I'm on my way to have an I.V. in my arm for two hours and then to another doctor appointment" look. Classy. You can click on it to get a closer look... I would advise against it!!!
Here we are again. I gave the doc a ring this morning, and in return, my oral morphine has been increased. Obviously, if the pharmacy did not carry the low dose, they don't carry this higher dose, so I won't start until Wednesday night. Whatever it takes.
Has anyone read A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle? The book is phenomenal and a must read, I think, for anyone and everyone. The text was recommended to me by my best girlfriend (thanks, Tee) in the midst of my spiritual journey before the semester ended. I am so glad I took her up on the offer because much of the novel centers on the egoic mind and its fallacies. It basically states that all problems in this world can be narrowed down to ego-driven behaviors, and it is quite an interesting thought. In order for the ego to exist, to uphold the "I" thought, the concept of the "other" must exist. Think of wars and genocide...think of conflict big and small. When individuals criticize and condemn the "other," it makes them feel bigger, better, more superior, and therefore, gives them grounds for other more severe, uncompassionate actions. To the ego, the "other" must be condemned so he/she can get a better sense of who he/she is, but it is all an illusion.
The problem with this concept is that our oneness, our unity is undermined when we seperate ourselves using the ego. The truth is disunity does not exist. We are all one, and hurting another human or any other creature is the same as hurting ourselves. That good ol' Golden Rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated.
It is a difficult task, but I do my best to check my ego at the door when possible. It is a daily practice, sort of like mindfulness, but I have found that life takes on a much more peaceful feel when I succeed. Thoughts? Questions? Examples?
Here is a tip: When you are aware of your ego at work, that is the first step to conquering the little bugger. You are half way there because at that point, you are looking in on your words and actions instead of being your words and actions.
I think it is time for some organic coconut milk ice cream. I have mocha fudge and chocolate peanut butter to choose from. How lucky am I?! My life is perfect. I've really got it goin' on!!!