“Worrying about your problems all the time makes for misery with a capital M. For getting away from misery, I recommend this ‘economy plan’: do not feed your ego and your problems with your attention. They will slowly lose weight.

“…if you really want a vacation, do not brood on your troubles. Do not let yourself get jealous or say uncharitable things about anyone. In other words, do not give the ego breakfast in bed; do not pack it a bag lunch; do not fix its dinner; do not give it pocket money for buying snacks; do not even give it a glass of water.

“Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us.”

 

–Eknath Easwaran

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