Why Meditate: Matthew Richard: UNMASKING THE DECEPTION OF THE EGO: part one

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The idea of getting away from the influence of ego might be puzzling, especially if we think that in doing so we are tampering with our basic identity.
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Understanding the nature of the ego and the way it functions is crucial if we want to liberate ourselves from suffering.
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We know that at every moment, from the time of our birth onward, our body has been continually changing and innumerable new experiences have taken place in our mind.
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Still we instinctively imagine that somewhere deep down within us, there resides an enduring entity that endows our personality with solid reality and permanence.
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This intuition may seem so evident we don’t think it is necessary to examine it any further.
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We end up developing a powerful attachment to the notions of “me” and “mine”—my body, my name, my mind, my possessions, my friends, and so on.
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This attachment brings with it a desire to either possess or repel the other.
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An insurmountable duality between self and other becomes crystallized in our mind.
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Our being becomes equated with an imaginary entity: the self. From this mental construction arises an exaggerated sense of the importance of this self.
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The ego places its fictitious identity at the center of all our experiences.
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However, as soon as we seriously analyze the nature of the ego, we see that it is impossible to pinpoint a distinct identity that corresponds to it.
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In the end, we realize the ego is no more than a concept that we associate with the continuum of experiences that is our consciousness.
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