Realizing that "I" am a part of all that is, in the same way that my toes are a part of what I call my body, I drop the small minded identity called self.
Realizing that the ability to think is like the ability to see; that thoughts come and go and are a function of a bodily organ, I know that I am not my thoughts. Realizing that the individual self is a product of the mind, I vow to live for the good of all.
Events, thoughts, and emotions - empty of inherent existence - come and go. They rise and fall from the infinite possibilities of emptiness.
Loosing our selfish sense of identity, our ego, is terrifying at first. It is like "stepping off of a 100 foot pole." Terrifying or not, we must take the step. We must lose the self and commit to the Bodhisattva Vows or be imprisoned to our tiny world atop of a pole forever.
Every day, challenge your assumptions. Stretch your boundaries. Be willing to step off of the pole.
And now as long as space endures,
As long as there are beings to be found,
May I continue likewise to remain
To drive away the sorrows of the world.
—Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva
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