The Destructiveness Of The Ego

17 thoughts on “The Destructiveness Of The Ego”

  1. beautifully and powerfully written, true for me ! travel make us more consciencious ! happy to see everithing is allright, kiss for you and julien, hope see you soon amigos ! feliz ano nuevo


  2. amazing post Lisa πŸ™‚ i was nodding vigorously all the way through reading it! and then nearly cried when i read my name! sending you so much love and lots and lots of hugs, happy happy 2013….hope to see you in the not too distant future xoxo


  3. Wow, Lisa you are really evolving! I’m so happy that you are on your way here to Yerevan to see me and we can talk more about a lot of this stuff. Looking forward to seeing you my vagabond sister πŸ™‚


  4. Beautifully put. As you know, I also struggle with the ego in an ongoing battle, which I often seem to be loosing since I started traveling. As you , say being in nature makes it easier…be careful not to shut yourself off from the nitty gritty of human life though πŸ˜‰

    May your blessings abound in 2013


  5. Hello Lisa

    Love your blog, it’s inspiring. So inspiring! I learnt a lot about freeganism thanks to you.
    I’d love to know what exactly you carry with you on your travels, and esp what you consider essential. For someone with a bad back like me, weight is a big issue.

    I really loved these two last posts, esp the one about the ego. I’d love to talk more about it, even better if it were face to face, if you ever come back to Bilbao, do come visit us. You’ll be more than welcome.
    Do you like listening to podcasts while on the road? I felt enlightened by that I discovered on a journey a bit like yours about a year ago. I couldn’t help seeing a lot of similarities with it in your last two posts. I’d recommend among others.

    Too bad you had a bad time in Spain. Being from Southern France and living in Northern Spain, I’m not surprised at all at the weather you got. Brave of you to even try hiking around here in winter! But that’s the beauty of your travels, at least from the reader’s perspective.
    Btw, the Camino seems to me to be 101 of Solo traveling, as you know you won’t get lost and you’ll find help anywhere along the way if need be. But, sure, as for one you’ve been beyond that for a long time already… Tarmac does suck big time, though.

    And one last thing, I couldn’t agree more with you on Tbilisi; it’s near-perfect!

    Lots of love and all the best in your 2013 travels


  6. I read your post again. It’s so simply yet beautifully said. Thank you. Really.

    One precious thing I learnt listening to the above mentioned podcasts is not to be judgemental with yourself. Not to fire the “second arrow” at yourself. The idea can be found in this particular talk, starting around minute 13
    Let me know what you think of it, Lisa



  7. Hi Mathieu,
    Thank you for the lovely comments πŸ™‚ I am very interested in the podcasts and will have a listen and let you know what I think. Over the last two days I have been battling with trying not to let my thoughts of the past take over…I am trying to be aware of the present moment and not get lost in thinking, which can often lead us to sadness.

    For travelling, my most important item is my tent. It’s 2kg. I had been travelling with a tent that was 0.8kg but I couldn’t sit up in it and I started to hate the idea of camping in it. So I upgraded and don’t mind carrying the extra weight.

    I also carry a 3-season sleeping bag because I am often sleeping in the cold. My sleeping bag is 1.2kg.

    Other essentials are: sleeping mat, headtorch, swiss army knife, compass for hiking, pens for making hitchhiking signs, shoes for hiking (I downgraded from heavy hiking boots to less harsh, multi-terrain shoes), MAPS (actually, i carry too many maps!). Then I take clothes, a book, dictionary for the country I am in, and also a diary to write things in. (And a few other things like a towel and toiletries, tea tree oil for injuries…and spices for turning simple food into good food!)

    If I wasn’t carrying my camping gear, I would be able to travel with a day-bag. The rucksack I use is a Lowe Alpine rucksack 42 litres, which is only 0.8kg. I would say that my bag is about 10kg when I am not hiking, and maybe 13kg when I am hiking with food and water.

    Feel free to let me know of any more links.

    Have a great 2013!
    Lisa πŸ™‚


  8. Hi
    interesting post.

    this especially I found interesting :

    >Creating an identity of oneself as a victim, or as a depressed or
    >hard-done-by person, is another ego pattern that many of us are guilty >of. And we don’t want to change these negative thought-patterns >because this would threaten the very core of who we think we are. We live >in constant states of drama, jealousy or sadness and we identify this pain >as a part of our identity.

    A friend of mine who is a bit famous gets a lot of ‘fan mail’. Many of the people who write to her, say they feel inspired by her, and she lightens up their lives in which they have so much hard-ship – some have diseases, some had 70 operations so far even though they are only 34, some others had other terrible things destroy their families and belongings etc. For these people their misery, their operations, their bad luck seem to be ”what they earned in life”, ”why they should be respected”…

    ALso, I was wondering in general why people get so deep into anorexia or depression in the Western world for no particular reason. I do think a large part is they feel they need to define themselves, and mental health problems like this make them “feel special”…


  9. Lisa nice and open blog. However in response to the above comment and I, myself, being one of ‘them’: I have no wish to censure or speak for anyone but myself I have enjoyed hitch hiking over many years. Generally, ‘alot’ of people suffer mental health problems. Some of them hitch hike.


  10. Simply and beautifully put. We’ve been on a similar journey, and this reminded me of some of the things I have been reading myself, literally re-minded me – put me in that same mindset again. It can be hard to hold onto these truths, and everyone puts them slightly differently, so thank you for writing this.


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