Category self-understanding

Growing out of Ego

I like that saying by Adyashanti: “How do you end your Ego? You just grow out of it”. And this is very true –  you beat it up, you inquire it to death, you “toss and turn” that dramatic and all-important “me” this way and that way, your pour through the endless stories of “me” […]

“Th” inquiry or the burden of national identity

If you are a non-native speaker of English you probably had problems with that pesky “th” sound, which is produced by sticking out your tongue in totally strange and awkward way. Despite spending many years in the English-speaking environment, I could never master it, and still often say “ze” instead of “the” which immediately reveals […]

The full spectrum of you

Thinking positive thoughts, feeling positive emotions – is the holy grail in the modern world so filled with fear and negativity. How do I always have a positive self-image? How do I avoid negative thoughts leading to negative emotions? So many books written, so many words said on the subject, and yet, we still love […]

The mind and “I”

Question: “What is the difference between “the mind” and “I”? You can find a lot of definitions of “mind” in spiritual literature, ranging from all-positive to an “evil one”. But, really, if we look at the mind – that thing that processes everything in our head – is only a tool, it is like a […]

True confidence

Talking to a friend recently I mentioned that I was extremely shy and had very low confidence in my younger years. She looked surprised and said with a look of disbelief “you are one of the most confident people I ever met”. In my childhood, I faced a lot of criticism and non-acceptance, which was […]

Two questions worth asking

ooking back at my spiritual search, years of meditation and self-inquiry I could say that everything pretty much comes down to two main questions: “Who am I?” and “Is it really true?” “Who am I?” – when taken to the depth, beyond descriptions, roles, qualities – is the question which ultimately leads to the spiritual […]

Truly examined life

What does it mean – truly examined life? I used to think that it is an accumulation of knowledge, analysis, comparison of ideas and concepts and finding the one, true viewpoint. Finding a description of the world that explains it all, gives all the answers. I thought if I read, memorize, analyze enough I will […]