2013, October 29
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This is the spectre… of EGO!
My first post on this topic examined how one’s ego can drive one into potentially violent situations for no good reason. Hopefully anyone who reads these posts will have the strength of character to recognise their own ego in some of the examples given, and strive to bring it further under the control of their better nature. Because we are all controlled by our ego at times, and our best defence (as is the case across the board) is an awareness that this is happening.
However, the ego has many faces, and bleeds into one’s life with great subtlety and wearing many insidious disguises. In this post I shall examine some of the less obvious ways that one’s ego can interfere with one’s pursuit of safety and security, and look at the consequences of leaving it to run unchecked.
How can one be fully aware of one’s own ego, when the ego’s raison-d’etre is to conceal itself? Read more of this post
2010, December 30
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The following is a guest article by the inimitable Man in a Bottle, as part of our blog-exchange programme; this is on the topic of his experiences with motivation for physical training. My heartfelt thanks go to the bottle-dweller for this material! Without further ado…
First I’ve got to say (and not because I was paid to say it, I wasn’t) I admire WithoutWriting and his dedication to his craft of martial arts. The man is exemplary in this dedication to honing his body and skills to make sure he is at the peak of physical fitness, and though I will never openly admit it, I am jealous. He’s definitely a go-getter; someone to whom you can give a task and know that he will do it to the best of his ability leaving no stone unturned. He pays attention to the details and it shows in his work and his training. Consequently he has one of those bodies where anything athletic looks good on him.
I on the other hand, I’m a different story. I can start a project and visualise the finished results. It’s perfect, in my mind I can seeing it happening….then reality hits. I didn’t look at the fine print. It’s my flaw that I’m a “forest not the trees” guy. Read more of this post