“Most of the suffering we experience outside of outright physical pain occurs because of our identification with our own self-importance. As I was planning how I would approach this topic of ego and suffering I recalled a conversation I had with my close friend Deepak Chopra. As I debated whether to include what he told me in that conversation, the telephone rang, and sure enough, it was Deepak calling. I told him that only ten seconds before I had jotted down his name on a piece of paper to remind myself about what he had said about ego and suffering, and I meant to call him to get it correctly.
Deepak and I talk for a few minutes and he said, “As long as you are writing about the ability to end suffering, I suggest that you give your readers a phrase from the old Ojibway Native American tribes that I use on myself whenever I get too involved in my own self-importance by getting upset over some trivial matter.” He said, “I simply repeat this phrase to myself and almost by magic the mental suffering disappears.” So here it is, from the Ojibway via Deepak Chopra, through me, and to you. “Now and then I go about pitying myself and all the while my soul is being blown by great winds across the sky.”
Wayne W. Dyer, in “Wisdom of the Ages”
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