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Ego's Insecurities, a Psychological Poem

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Besides writing psychological poetry, Mark enjoys exploring a variety of topics from surfing to juicy grandma kisses.

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The Internal Landscape of the Ego

Our ego gets us in trouble; takes us to places and situations that are harmful to our happiness and well-being. According to Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now, "we cannot fight against the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against darkness. The light of consciousness is all that is necessary. You are the light."

Our Internal landscape is like the changing of cloud formations. Sometimes we have bright skies where everything feels right in the world. Then our ego acts out and there are the dark clouds that dampen our moods. The first step in controlling the ego is to become aware of it. In my poem, Ego's Insecurities, I'm attempting to create mindfulness or awareness of the ego.



Poem: Ego's Insecurities

When my skies are clear and blue,

I am focused on myself.

connected to the planet,

aware of what is real,

a seeker of stability and truth—

In harmony with all things.


When my ego is triggered,

a craving occurs.

My internal landscape

darkens and clouds

with stormy weather,

unconscious of my humanity.


In hunger, I seek to control,

to own, to dominate.

I compete mindlessly,

chasing things, I foolishly desire

at the expense of others,

weak or strong.


When I shine a light

on ego’s insecurities,

I can breathe easy again,

stop my needless grasping,

and override my fears.


When I release my attachment

to the wants of the greedy child within,

I can function more smoothly,

create calm and serenity

on my journey to enlightenment.

Comments

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on September 05, 2020:

Thanks, Laurie. Not fun at all.

Laurie Novak on September 04, 2020:

I've been dealing with ego, also. Not fun. Thanks for the reality check. Very good read.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 10, 2020:

Thanks, Tamara. Love your alliteration.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on March 10, 2020:

The ending of this silky poem is soothing and lovely.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on February 16, 2020:

Thank you, Diane. Great CD. I listen to it every now and then to remind me of the power of the ego

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on February 16, 2020:

Enjoyed this a lot and I agree with Li-Jen Hew comment about using dark sky as a nice metaphor for ego. I have the CD Power Of Now.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 15, 2020:

Thank you, Li-Jen, for sharing some of your wise feedback.

Li-Jen Hew on January 15, 2020:

Hi Mark. The dark skies is a nice metaphor for ego. It shows how much of a monster we can be if the ego is externalized. And also how vulnerable we all are, as described by the "landscape" within. Ego is tied to unhappiness, attachment and insecurities - that's true! Thanks for sharing!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 12, 2020:

Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 11, 2020:

I loved your poem. Every now and then I give myself a serious reality check.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 07, 2020:

What I meant to say. We can learn from the child within, but not give him or her too much rope. The ego is like a child that needs discipline and boundaries.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 07, 2020:

So true, Lora. We can learn from the child within, but not give me too much rope.

Lora Hollings on January 07, 2020:

I really like your poem, Mark. The poem has some great metaphors. How true, that our egos can act like the greedy child within and compete mindlessly, chasing things and being so self-absorbed that it can become oblivious to the needs of others! We all need to keep our egos in check or they can destroy others and eventually lead to self-destruction as well.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 06, 2020:

Thank you, Shauna. All the holidays that we have, one day should be devoted to keeping our egos in check. Much peace during the new year.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 06, 2020:

I love this, Mark. Every now and then we need to reel ourselves in and shake off the cobwebs (ego) that cloud our judgement and happiness.

Beautifully stated!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 05, 2020:

It’s a constant struggle, Kari, but well worth it

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 05, 2020:

You as well, Tiyasha.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 05, 2020:

This poem is so true. When we control the "greedy child within" we are in better control of our lives.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on January 05, 2020:

That's a great idea indeed Mark. Wish you a very happy new year.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 05, 2020:

Tiyasha, maybe when our ego is activated, someone should tell us, “Excuse me, sir, I think your insecurities are showing.”

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 05, 2020:

Good quote by Rudy, Genna. We can’t be the person we want or reach our potential if we have no awareness of our ego and how it affects others.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on January 05, 2020:

Aah, the inflated insecurity-borne ego. A lovely take on the subject.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 05, 2020:

Beautiful, Mark -- just beautiful. I think Rudy said it best... "The ego interrupts our goodwill and inner peace many times." Awareness of our inner ego is the first step in learning how to control it.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 03, 2020:

Thank you, Maya, for your gracious comment.

Maya Ellenson from Hobe Sound, Florida on January 03, 2020:

Deeply and beautifully rendered! Mark, your poem encapsulates the true essence of Tolle's The Power of Now through your own unique vision and experience.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 03, 2020:

Yes, Ruby and sometimes momentary depending on our circumstances

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 03, 2020:

This is an excellent piece on our insecurities. The ego interrupts our goodwill and inner peace many times. Learning to curb the ego is a daily task. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 03, 2020:

Thank you,Tim for your insightful comments. We are definitely blinded by the “I” in our quest for fulfillment. Happy New Year and have a good journey to enlightenment.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 03, 2020:

Great poem, Mark. The "I" is often blinded by the eyes watching it in the mirror. Beautiful and so relevant. Definitely Freud resonates in this work, but there is the reality from Glasner which is there, too. Our "wants" is a hindrance to inner peace frequently. Thank you, and Happy 2020, my skillful friend.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 03, 2020:

Yes, you’re right, Lorna. And a sprinkle of Eckhart Tolle as well.

Lorna Lamon on January 03, 2020:

I sense the spiritual and a little of Freud's Ego theory within this thought provoking poem Mark. Excellent and enjoyable.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 03, 2020:

That’s right on, Lori the scourge of humanity. And it could’ be the Scrooge of Humanity as well, And I agree. Fear is behind it. Fear to be seen as weak, stupid, poor, etc

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 02, 2020:

Ego, pride, the scourge of humanity. I think at its base it's about fear.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 02, 2020:

Yes, kind of a Buddhist/Tolle hodgepodge.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2020:

This had a Buddhist vibe to it. Relaxing message.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on January 02, 2020:

Thank you, John. Controlling the ego is a major dance, where we win some and lose some.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Yes, Mark. I agree most of us have ego insecurities that often get us into trouble. Sometimes we can control them but not always. Good poem for reflexion.