Episode 114: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of the Ego with Sally Kempton

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I’ve been thinking a lot about ego lately. I’ve been talking to Jason’s teacher trainees about social media strategy and putting yourself out there. And yet, I personally feel like social media brings out the most immature aspects of my ego. I thought it would be a good refresher for all of us to think about what yoga teaches us about the ego.

This week, Sally Kempton and I talk about the purpose of the ego, misunderstandings around it (no, you don’t ever annihilate your ego — if you did, you probably wouldn’t shower or pay your bills on time), and how to approach it from a yogic perspective. We get into how our ego is potentially affected by social media, and how our awareness of pure awareness (or consciousness or divinity depending on which language works best for you) is what can help us relax our ego when it’s triggered.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Sally Kempton’s website

Sophisticated Ego by Sally Kempton – published in Yoga Journal in 2006

Byron Katie – The Work

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