You Are Not What You Think

You Are Not What You Think

The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love
By David Richo
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Shambhala Publications
12/29/2015
Pages: 192
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781611802856
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A healthy ego is necessary to achieving our goals, to building healthy relationships, and to leading a satisfying and meaningful life. But an ego that gets too big—that becomes egotism—can actually inhibit all those wonderful possibilities. In this luminous guide, David Richo offers wisdom from psychology, myth, and spiritual traditions to show us how to let go of the kind of ego that causes suffering for ourselves and others. As a wonderful result, we gain self-confidence and find new ways to love too. It’s not a matter of getting rid of ego but of seeing through it. When we learn to do that, Dave says, we’ll discover the core of indestructible goodness in our enlightened nature. Then, when we see “big ego” expressed in ourselves or others, we begin to regard it with compassion rather than disdain. We are truly, Dave shows, not what we think but much, much more.
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"How we relate to our ego—the sense of 'I'—determines our suffering and our freedom. David Richo does a brilliant job unpacking the unhealthy versions if ego that confine us. Through psychological and Buddhist wisdom teachings and a range of powerful practices and meditations, we are guided beyond the identity of seperate self to the loving awareness that is our deepest essence." —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"This well-written, easy-to-read book will give a wealth of practical advice on how to unhook and disentangle yourself from the myriad unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, self-judgments, and self-concepts that we often refer to as ‘ego.’ If you want a healthier, happier, more compassionate relationship with yourself, this book is for you." —Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

"David Richo uses concepts from neuroscience, psychology, and Buddhism to show us how to make a friend of our ego, that oddly obstreperous, often tyrannical—but ultimately useful—chimera." —Norman Fischer, author of Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion

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