Pema Chodron about our self image.

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“We proceed as if we were separate from everything else, as if we were a fixed identity, when our true situation is ego, self. We insist on being Someone, with a capital S.

We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior . We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that, yes, that’s who we are. We mistake the openness of our being — the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment — for a solid, irrefutable self.

Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer. ”
Pema Chodron

Stephen’s Note: That “solid, irrefutable self” I a part of what
I have been calling “Mindset”. It is the fixed idea we
have about ourselves. Mindset also includes fixed
ideas about many other “things” we believe we know about.


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