When we enter a BJJ academy we are always told to leave the ego at the door or to kill the ego or buy him a beer or what not. We also often hear (and talk) about how some (completely arbitrary!) measure of ego is necessary to drive us in BJJ but too much (anything more than 17 ounces, I think) ego is bad. The word is thrown around way too much for my liking, both on and off the BJJ mat and don't even get me started on traditional martial arts!
- It is assumed that all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners carry one and the same definition of this "ego" (or another favourite of mine "self") and that we all agree on this definition. People often talk about what it's like to "have an ego" or "train without ego", but no one sits down and defines it
- It is measured. Badly. As a statistician by schooling and analyst by profession, this bugs me and, as a Buddhist, attaching a value such as guilt to miss-measurement really gets under my skin
"I can't live with myself any longer". His breakthrough came when he examined that thought. "Am I one or two people?", Eckhart continues, "if I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: I and the self I cannot live with and, maybe, only one of them is real".