Ego relaxation is not to be confused with being passive or resigned, or neglecting your ordinary responsibilities in life. It’s simply an invitation for the “me” who feels separate, feels insecure and afraid, and thus reverts to historical patterns of control to get things done to relax. While this separate self feels like “me,” it is really a network of adaptive defenses, beliefs and learned strategies laid down between the age of 0-5 that you have come to think of as “me.”
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This new focus emerging in my meditation practice felt like the most loving response to my true need to find deeper stability inside during such a shaky time. It provided an expanded capacity to practice ego relaxation with all that arose, without having to revert to historically based strategies of control. Over time, this practice completely changed the way I experienced being here in this world. It brought greater resilience, deeper presence, and expanded capacity for surrender.
It can for you too.