Ego exemplifies so much more than just a cocky character trait. It typically rises to the surface when we are not living in our truth. Instead, we're living to uphold a perception we believe others have of us. Ego appears when we are too comfortable to face a new stage of growth, when we are scared to come to terms with an insecurity - or when we are just being plain selfish. It is an extension of fear. But the bonus here is , without ego we would have no contrast or hope for a brighter light in life.
That being said - we know that this universal character trait is somewhat of a necessity. Here are a few things that have helped me, and continue to aid in me taming my ego.
Did you know that it is totally natural to perspire from our underarms? We've been conditioned to believe that we need conventional deodorants with anti-perspirants to, "control" our natural human functioning. The chemicals added to these products are toxic and should be released often. Not to mention, the extreme build up after years of using anti-perspirant has been proven to cause an overproduction of bad bacteria.
I will never forget that one day a little over ten years ago when I experienced stage four endometriosis symptoms for the first time. I had recently given up on birth control after trying six different brands over the span of a year. They all left me with the craziest acne I had ever seen. I am talking big, purple and blue cystic bumps all over my face. - What a sight to see. The birth control I tried also made me emotionally insane. I was naturally a little nuts and temperamental but this took me to a whole other level. After making the conscious decision to eliminate something that my body clearly did not want, I experienced such a change in my menstrual cycle.
After seven years of contemplating, the stars were finally aligned for me to try magical mushrooms. The date was December 31, 2016. I decided one week prior that I would be making my New Years Eve a magical one. - And magical it is was.
How freeing it feels to finally know that I am a valuable human being. In my last relationship I had no purpose in life and I was literally just there - along for the ride. My self worth was minimal and my coping skills were terrible. Any issue put me into fight or flight mode and lead me to be reactive as opposed to productive. Clearly not the traits of someone ready for a healthy, conscious relationship.
2016 has been a year filled with work. Work to keep my finances afloat, work on my business ventures and constant self-development work. I spent the majority of my year working almost every day of the week for a company that isn't mine. Although I am extremely grateful for every opportunity to maintain a steady income; it is extremely draining to run my own business on top of this. There have been a lot of sleepless nights and a lack of self care when I really needed it.