‘All that is required to become free from the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible.’* (Eckhart Tolle)

‘Triumph in mountaineering, as in sports, is measured in firsts, fastests, and mosts’. ** (Rebecca Solnit)

Nethermost as in the farthest away.

I realise I am never far from pride, greed, and foolishness.  It comes in the most subtle of ways.  Just this morning, I read Yuval Noah Harari describing the British Empire as ‘the largest the world has ever known’ and momentarily feel pride.^  Then I remember just what this meant and the pride evaporates.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly may be the title of a spaghetti western but it’s also a description of me most of the time.  Again, I must choose the nethermost practices of humility, gratitude, and faithfulness if I am to be free.

(*From Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)
(**From Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust.)
(^From Yuval Noah Hariri’s Sapiens.)


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