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Ego's Insecurities, a Psychological Poem

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


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.

© 2020 Mark Tulin

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