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Self improvement: good spiritual practice or ego feeding?

To clarify a bit, what I mean by self improvement is what you might find in the self improvement section of your local book store. Success, empowerment, finding a mate, dieting, how to win friends and influence enemies, that sort of thing. Basically, fine tuning an imaginary ego identity. Okay, I guess I tipped my hand there. :)~

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liveinnow
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liveinnow

:)self and improvement? ha ha its really cool. i was think about it.:) whats there to ‘improve’ if self is already complete and perfect,without begining or end. improvement is only for the assumed person not for the self as we commoly use in psychological terms. everything we are doing right now is only for the ego. self is totally unattached with all the appearances happening here. at the same time its very neccesary to have ego in this world to function as a ‘human being’ so its ok to read all those ‘how to’ books.add more information into ur brain… Read more »

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I believe your question is: is self improvement good spiritual practice or is it ego feeding. If so: I think that if you have the awareness, the wherewithal, and the time to devote to self improvement, be it physically through exercise or mentally through meditation or study, than that indicates that you have a degree of comfort in your life and with so many who don’t all around us it is a bit self indulgent and not particularly spiritual. Ego feeding is not wrong in and of itself (if you need it, do it) but don’t confuse it with spirituality… Read more »

NBM
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NBM

The Self doesn’t need improvement. And, in most cases the ego is too far gone to bother with, BUT noticing it NEEDS improvement is a beginning of discarding its thought system.

Jay P
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Jay P

a mix of both….. When someone feels self concious about themselves and they improvethemselve, its improving their ego so they feel like they could go out there more, and better. When they improve their feelings in their god, it would be a good spiritual practice…..

ignorantseeker ofthe alternative
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ignorantseeker ofthe alternative

self improvement through spiritual growth? I find it humbling.

The Catalyst
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The Catalyst

Hello philmeta,
I feel lucky to be online same time with you!

I think… doing something positive for oneself is time well spent, compare to blame others or do self-destructive things??
^.^
Once I read some quotes of Buddha, that even someone build up ego as strong and high as a mountain, that someone might need to build up ego to realize ego is empty, so we shouldn’t judge others~

Smart guy, wasn’t he?
^.^

advait0
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advait0

Well if you just ignore your problems and bury them beneath judgemental hollow beliefs then you can’t let your True Faith or Unconditional Love shine. Self-improvement is important so people can resolve their issues, and then help others.

Oregon Flower
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Oregon Flower

Self improvement is always a good thing.

Soul Shaper
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Soul Shaper

I suspect it’s a little of both for most folks. The yen and the yang.

Premaholic
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Premaholic

To even consider this question we would have to determine if you have found the self. Ego “IS” self. All selfs=Self.

Bad Buddhist
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Bad Buddhist

Could be any combination, but of course taking the position the ‘self’ exists is only a position the ego would take…;-)

Fundies are Funny
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Fundies are Funny

ego feeding

Michaela
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Michaela

The best way to improve yourself is to SERVE OTHERS and be a blessing!!! 🙂

Donna F
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Donna F

I’d prefer to feed my ego.

Jon M
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Jon M

The best ones are a little of both. I suggest The Art of Loving by Rollo May. Also “Your God is Too Small” by J. B. Phillips.