You may have seen the story that’s been all over the news and social media channels this past week about the poacher who killed Cecil, who was a celebrity lion on a reserve in Zimbabwe.
I want to start by saying that I am strongly against animal poaching. When I say “we’re in this together…” I don’t just mean people. I mean the entire world, including all of the amazing animals, etc. around us.
However, despite a lot of negative reaction…
I feel deeply for this man… My heart goes out to him.
What he did was not right in the least… but I can’t help but believe that his poor decision was based on something outside of his heart-center and was instead, based solely on his ego.
The ego can be a dangerous place to live from, my friend.
To know if your ego is in control, ask yourself these very simple questions:
#1 Do you feel superior to others?
– OR –
#2 Do you feel inferior to others?
If you answered yes to either of these questions then your ego is in the driver’s seat.
By answering yes, you are living your life not from your true, inner self but in reaction to one of these two feelings.
Ego is never satisfied, satiated… it’s always striving for bigger, better, more…
What is actually happening within our own existence on a daily basis that could eventually lead us to do something as horrific as killing an innocent lion? Or hurting a person…
Are you someone who tends to:
Gossip and feel good about it (satisfying your ego)
Buy something new every month (materialism) that you don’t really need
Feel like you’re always missing something… wanting more
Always have to be right
Or believe you’re always wrong
Have a hard time losing
Have a hard time asking for help
Constantly seek approval from others
Compare your life to everyone else’s
Have a hard time “being” in the present moment (always thinking about past or future)
I am seeing more and more people having quarter-life crisis’… I’ve witnessed people in my own life who have been super successful very early on in life and hit their mid-twenties, mid thirties and they freak out and begin to wonder – what more is there to their life experience?
If you’ve ever felt this way (or maybe you feel this way now), don’t be discouraged. Just know that…
This is your EGO! And YOU have the power to change this dangerous cycle to make better decisions, more powerful and impactful decisions.
I have struggled my whole entire life trying to control this thing called the EGO. I would be lying if I said that I had this entirely under control. There are times where I still struggle but because I am committed to continuously raising my vibration and positively affecting my reality and those in it, I am able to snap out of this place more easily now.
And you can too!
The truth is… the ego is not necessarily the enemy.
It’s important to recognize the ego for what it is.
The ego brings us personality traits, a life story…
But it can also push us over the edge and make us lose sight of who we really are. Not who we think we should be based on societal expectations.
Is it right to condemn Walter Palmer? To judge and hate him for what he has done?
I don’t think so.
The energy that has been directed at Walter Palmer has been incredibly negative. Is that kind of energy really going to help anyone? As a planet, when something tragic happens because of a person’s actions and we react so viciously…does it make us any better than the person who did wrong in the first place?
Spreading hate and fire will only burn all of us in the end.
What he did was absolutely inappropriate. No question about it.
But what if we decided not to judge this man? What if we decided instead to mourn what happened and…
Instead of judging him, send him love. Send him light. Recognize that as a human being he has the potential and ability to change. He can become a better person.
Instead of getting wrapped up in news stories…
Focus instead on taking a good look at your own life. Look for signs of the ego’s dangerous cycle in your life and learn to break yourself from that cycle.
I want to encourage all of us – myself included – to look at how we are making decisions on a daily basis, in the present moment.
What we decide to do every day….
Is is coming from ego?
Or is it coming from your true heart space?
When we do things from our heart, we are able to be an example of love and improve humanity. We are able to help raise the vibration of the world around us. Together, we can make a positive difference. We have the power to shift our own consciousness and lead by example.
Today, let’s commit to embracing love and releasing the ego. Let’s see how this changes everything around us, including our internal state of being.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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