The self is a mental construct that enables our survival and simplifies our relationship with the world. Although it's necessary for navigating the human condition, it's also the cause of much suffering. What we call the self is a dynamic interplay of interconnected experiences including the mind, the body and our interactions with the material world. Through practice, we can learn to navigate the self with greater mindfulness and self-compassion so that we can meet our experiences more skillfully.
The cultivation of mindfulness is just one crucial step in our journey toward greater balance. Radical self-acceptance allows us to bring our whole selves to our experience so that we can respond skillfully to what is here. It encourages us to face facts, have an honest and direct relationship with ourselves and our lives, and ultimately become the lamp that guides us along the path to greater peace and freedom.
We have all felt the harsh, burning glare of embarrassment pinning us like a bug to a specimen board for close inspection. Mindfulness can help us meet this painful self-conscious emotion with greater wisdom and equanimity.
Envy is a self-conscious emotion that can cause us much pain. Through the cultivation of mindfulness, we can learn to see through the illusion of "I, me and mine" and engage in value-congruent behavior that supports our intentions for happiness and wellbeing.
Can mindfulness help free us from the discomfort of self-consciousness? When we cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion, we can liberate ourselves from the tyranny of "I, me and mine", making space to live with greater authenticity.