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May 12, 2019 23:52:50

Writings on meditation (3): The ego

by @jasonleow | 204 words | 545🔥 | 584💌

Jason Leow

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I'd been meditating for slightly over 10 years now. But it's not often I write about it. Not because there wasn't anything to write about, but because what I see and experience when sitting are hard to put into words. Only imagery, metaphors, visualisations and poetry work in this space. And so here it is:


The ego

Is but a petty, little man

Behaving like a child

Screaming, pounding, crying

Throwing tantrums

In between your ears

Just so to get your attention;

to be pacified;

to be satiated...


But if you would simply 

not react and just look; stare!

watch his antics,

observe his manners.

And soon enough

the little man would

become ashamed and embarrassed

And finally slink away quietly

To leave you in peace.

Then it starts to quiet.

Little by little, the silence grows. 

Till only the sounds of your breath remains

Like waves lapping upon the shore, 


         and again...... and again.

Wave after wave.

Rising and subsiding.

        Arising and passing.

Upon the throne of the Breath,

the Mind sits.

Down comes a flower, floating with the wind.


without adornments nor stains;

in the absence of repulsion and awe,

the Mind apprehends the 

whimsical blossom

as it really is.

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    @jasonleow Ten years is a long time. What are the 1-2 aspects of your life that you feel have fundamentally changed over that time period that you attribute to your practice of meditation?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 12, 2019 09:12:58
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      @brandonwilson wow great question but hard to answer haha. Hard because it's hard to tell where meditation starts and where everything else I did begins (as part of larger spiritual practice and daily healthy living). My best guess is mental hygiene - from little things like better sleep at night (sitting before sleep helps reset mind), calmer, grounded start to the day (from morning meditation), to bigger things like feeling more centred in life, and a sense of refuge. I think this warrants a longer post! Thanks for the inspiration hah

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 13, 2019 20:15:56
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