Low Self Esteem
Low self esteem is as mistaken as high self esteem.
It is the same as pride, and inverted pride.
It’s all about me.
The way in which we estimate, compare or appraise ourselves has a huge effect on our lives, and our practice. We feel unworthy, and out of place.
This can make us half-hearted about everything we do, as we become troubled by doubt, and make do in life. “The meek shall inherit the earth” doesn’t mean that we don’t have a diamond heart: we need this bold heart.
If we feel that we have little merit, this affects our spiritual practice: we need to take another look at who is feeling this – and, more precisely, that which is that is aware of it. Some paths are full of flowers and rainbows, whereas some are stony. Which do you think is more distracting?
To understand the Buddha’s teachings, we don’t need to have an unusual name or title: the teachings are for everyone. They are our common potential. The teachings are all about what we truly are, and what it is that inhibits the realisation of this. We are worthy of this potential – all of us. We are not especially low or high; we are just the way we are.
People criticise one another. The spiritually-inclined are no different, and this includes Buddhists. It’s possible to follow the doctrine of compassion while lacking compassion.
Lack of understanding – which is a limited view – doesn’t allow for others to be the way they are, because there is a lack of empathy for others’ causes and conditions. We are each the way we are precisely because of our journey so far.
However, if we recognise this ultimate potential, we can refine and upgrade. This ‘self’ – this ‘ego’ – is a great reminder and a great teacher. It does not matter what others think or say; their life is their life. The Buddha’s teachings are precious.
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