EGO: What comes to mind when you see this word? Self concept. Character. Identity. Self image. Your innermost self evaluation based upon perception formed by various experiences over time. It is a very personal concept that can only be looked at by the owner.
SACRED SELF: Free of ego and able to perceive life beyond the self. Hard to imagine when the world is often defined by our very own needs and wants. Why wouldn’t it be? We need to survive and thrive. The sacred self holds truth in trust that, even without our constant attending to our needs, that they will get met. Maybe, just maybe, even through attending to others needs?!!!! Hard to imagine. That is where trust comes in.
I took a bicycle ride with my ego the other day. I really didn’t mean to bring it along, but nevertheless, somehow it found it’s way to accompany me. Biking as a solo act, can be very meditative and sacred in and of itself. Hearing your breath, the cadence of the wheel being turned by the power of the quad and the calf, the sunshine, the blue sky, the ever present breeze created by propelling forward in space sure brings you to a sacred place indeed.
Until I rounded the corner and decided to make my sprint…. sure I want to increase my cardio and muscle strength for good reasons, but this was different. You see last time I did this, I took my sprint far down the road to the red house’s mailbox (a set point). This time I wanted to make it to the end of the street which was probably another 500 feet or so. Well, my ego opened up and off I went, not stopping at the red house mailbox.
Here is the key – I KNEW in light of what I had been pushing my body to do recently that my spirit, my sacred self, was whispering… NO! But I went too far, too fast and ended up with a bit of a hamstring/calf injury to remind me of my ego for the next week or so. I often say “listen to your body whisper before you hear it scream.”
Ego has to be right and prove a point. The Sacred self is not attached to any ONE point and sees other’s views.
Ego is self-centered. Sacred self is other centered.
Ego thinks everyone is talking about it. Sacred self trusts the good in other people.
Ego seeks an environment that supports and serve it’s needs to stay as it is; no change.
Sacred self seeks new horizons and knows that this growth can often be painful and that transformation can be uncomfortable – but does so anyway.
Just look at the caterpillar who is destined to become a butterfly. Just look at the baby taking its fist steps and falling and crying, but keeps trying anyway. Look at birth. Look to the seasons; look to growth. It is what we were meant to do. Let’s cultivate the Sacred self as we journey on. Perhaps it will create less struggle, and fill us with the joy we were meant to experience.
Dianne Saywell works full time at a local dental office where she educates and helps maintain the oral health of the patients as a dental hygienist. She also spends her time introducing people to and sharing the healing power of YOGA, and the health it brings to the body, mind and spirit. Yoga, along with many other great classes, is offered at Healthy Body/Marco Fitness Club.