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"The wise and moral man, Shines like a fire on a hilltop, Making money like the bee, Who does not hurt the flower."

- The Pali Canon, Buddhist scriptures

My Daily Challenge of Light versus Ego

By Sharda ten Hove on 21 February 2014

Even though a connection with something deeper within myself has always been present in my life, this did not automatically mean that I was living a life according to that.

At first, in my younger years I thought I was the only one having this connection which is obviously far from the truth. The connection with my ego and the outer world was a lot stronger than the connection with my inner world.
We all carry the same spark of light and we all have the potential to find this and to allow ourselves to shine.
Finding the door towards the light (your higher Self) and being able to slowly open this door, does still not mean that you are automatically going towards enlightenment. It can actually make it a hell of a lot more difficult as long as the ego side of you is playing a part in this too, and it will, so it is a continuous challenge to do the right thing.

This is however also the interesting side of it, your ego gives you the opportunity to learn: learning to be humble, learning to listen, learning to let go and learning to accept that it does not always knows what’s best and in my opinion once the ego realizes this, great things can happen.
I am not there so I can’t tell you what great things but I do know that when I allow myself to connect to that silent place within, I feel as if I am going through a huge detox and I can feel the clouds disappearing and sometimes it feels like beams of light are radiating from my heart. It makes my life richer, more meaningful and more loving towards myself and other’s.

So I continue my daily challenge of trying to keep going forward on my path. When at times I move away I make sure that I always find the loving discipline to pull myself back because of all the pleasures in the world, there is absolutely nothing that gives me more fulfillment than connecting to that beautiful place in which we are all one.


About the author

Sharda ten Hove

Founder, Ethical Vegan, Yogi, Social Activist

Sharda was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Descended from an Indian mother and Dutch father, she received a multi-cultural upbringing during which she gained a broad perspective on life.…  Read full bio