My thinking about ego and mind clarified this morning like a pool that has been standing quietly, the debris and mud has settled to the bottom.
a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.“he needed a boost to his ego”
PSYCHOANALYSISthe part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.
PHILOSOPHY(in metaphysics) a conscious thinking subject.Ego Buddist perspectiveFrom a Buddhist point of view, the ego is something made up by the mind. It’s the sense of self — a flash of “I” or “me” that we believe in and cling to. It’s the basis of our feeling of self-importance. It’s a story, a myth of self that we keep telling ourselves.MInd
: the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers
—used to describe the way a person thinks or the intelligence of a personMind , Buddhist viewIf the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it? It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. Because the mind is formless, or non-physical, by nature, it is not obstructed by physical objects.As can be seen the Western and Eastern perspective of mind differs, So be it.I will be using both interchangeably. Whats also important to remember is that the self or the Ego does not really exist in the eastern mindset. The ego or self is a construct of the mind.The concern that I have is with the way from a non physical perspective of how we deal with mind in our day to day activities.Ego for me as a very divisive way of looking at ourselves as are the unconscious. We divide our non physical part into a variety of parts that on the surface we dont have control over. We are at the beck and call of the unconscious a victim of our upbringing and family influences. We need to make peace with them accept them and deal with them to make us more “complete ” human being. Therein is a sense of perfection. By implication it absolves us of taking responsibility for the hardships and negativity in our lives.The eastern perspective of mind is that the mind is a visitor in your body visiting various rooms at random, unsupervised. Mind then is something that is within your control, within your area of responsibility. So teaching mind manners to behave in an acceptable manner is and stays the responsibility of the owner of the body. Its about accepting responsibility for the guest in your body. Its an inclusive way of looking at it and working with it. The way to improve life is to improve your ability to manage your mind.In all of this one need to realize that all of these are metaphors for describing how one can influence and manage your own behaviour. The concept of mind from an Eastern perspective allows me through hard word and discipline to take control of my “visitor”, mind, and as such take control of my life. The western perspective is divisive and deal with a whole range of parts that leads to lack of control and thus handing control of your ego to external forces.Taking control through the process of meditation and mindfulness is a way easier and accessible tool to take control of my mind than psychotherapy and drugs..