Freedom & Liberation
The ego is present in all of our attachments. We can be attached to wealth, possessions, a person, a group, our job, our intelligence, even our sense of spiritual attainment.
Traditionally, becoming a renunciate and letting go of all possessions seemed like a high spiritual path. But the life of the “vow-of-poverty” monk may give you a bigger ego than oil billionaires since you may now believe that you are more spiritual and superior to all others.
To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation.
The ability to be free is directly proportional to how identified you are with the pain-body, and more importantly, with how willing you are to let it go.
You can celebrate America’s Independence Day this year by declaring your independence from the patterns, attitudes, and behaviors that have become unseen habits.