Zen Spot #171 — Mindfulness, meditation and ego May 5, 2018 00:00

Writing and ego

I write in the first person because doing so allows me to write with clarity. My essay topics are almost always borne from personal experience, with an emphasis on trying to find peace, through mindfulness, in the world I navigate every day. With the choice to write in the first person comes a reliance on ego.

With the choice, also, can come the appearance of standing on a soap box, while delivering a notably flawed message — even errant perhaps.

One children’s author

Maurice Sendak wrote for himself, not children. Author of the children’s book Where The Wild Things Are, in several interviews throughout his life, he revealed that the his audience of one would never expand. Millions of copies later, the book he wrote for himself has been read a billion times while children have dozed off in every part of the planet.

Art and ego

Among the most hurtful — and memorable — things said to me by my mother, when I was a teenager, was “Artists are very selfish.” Surprisingly, every time I sit down to write, her observation is nowhere to be found. When I draw, it haunts me every single time.

I’m not sure why she said it, but I suspect she was to bring my behavior in line with her desire. She’s not a cruel woman, at all. But, I believe she spoke her unvarnished truth. With ego comes selfishness. With selfishness comes desire. With desire comes suffering. 

Observation and ego

I’ve read dozens of philosophy books, with an emphasis on the Buddhist tradition. Blogs, too. Each was written with ego--in the same manner that all artists are selfish.

I write when know. I write when I don’t know. I draw when I know. I draw when I don’t know. Ego abounds.

And with it comes suffering.

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What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

What is a Dharma Wheel?