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Self-Obsession: Overcoming the 'I,' 'Me,' and 'Myself' Mentality


"I, ME AND MYSELF" are most repeated words by individuals on daily basis to express themselves to the world. Though these words are really useful for self-expression and self-reflection, relying too heavily on them can actually cause harm to both ourselves and those around us.


In this modern world concept like self-love and self-care has taken very wrongly and people are being so self-centered that they feel everything around them is created by God for their well beings and amusement only. Self-love has become the practice of keeping oneself interest on top priority in order to do that they are not even bothering how their surrounding will get affected. They have forgotten that self-love means also accepting and improving their own flaws, and while doing that they supposed not to treat themselves and others wrongly.


Self love means having concern for our own happiness and well being, It doesn't involve only taking care of own needs of the body and mind and their desires but beyond that something exists and it is more profoundly described your "self". Most of the people have taken the word "self" very wrong and it shows how their perception towards seeing themselves need to be enhanced and evolve.


When we are always thinking about ourselves and using words like "I," "me," and "myself," it can make us feel like we are more important than others. This can make us start to think that we deserve special treatment and can lead to selfish behavior. When we are overly focused on ourselves, we may not think about other people's feelings or needs, and this can make us uncaring and unkind.


In all religious books and in ancient philosophy, the concept of "self" refers to the true nature of the individual, which is said to be beyond the physical body, mind, and emotions. This true nature is often referred to as the "Atman" (Soul) and is believed to be a divine spark or essence that is present in all living beings. Loving and caring for this divine essence truly means loving one's self. In order to love yourself, one must bring more control over the body and mind activities that are so overactive in them because of having various ailing desires. Most of these desires are not their own, but they have caught them from the surroundings and have become their compulsions now.


According to Hindu philosophy, the ultimate aim of human life is to discover one's true self or Atman, which is accomplished by engaging in spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, and selfless service. This realization of the true self is said to lead to a state of oneness with the universal consciousness or "Brahman," allowing individuals to transcend the limitations of their ego and connect with the greater universe. Through this connection, one can experience a profound sense of unity and harmony with all of existence.


Though it is important to focus on our own well-being and self-improvement, we must also be mindful of our impact on others and the world around us. By recognizing the true nature of the self as a divine essence and connecting with the universal consciousness, we can overcome the limitations of our ego and experience a sense of unity with all of creation. As the Sanskrit sloka from the Upanishads states, "Atmanam vidhi, shriram vidhi, vidyam cha viddhi, vinayam vidhi; etadapi sarvam viddhi, sarvam atmaiva vidhi." This means "Know the Self, know the body, know knowledge, know humility. Know that all of this is the Self, know that the Self is all." By embracing this understanding of the self, we can cultivate a greater sense of compassion, empathy, and interconnectedness with the world around us.


When you are immersed in the world of self-improvement, it can be easy to lose sight of the blessings and achievements you already have in your life. Relentless pursuit of improvement can lead to constantly seeking the next challenge, creating a cycle in which nothing is ever enough. Basing one's self-worth on achieving goals is another pitfall that can lead to a deteriorating sense of self-confidence. While it is important to have audacious dreams, it is crucial to break them down into manageable steps and focus on taking action.


10 steps to coming out of self-obsession and learn to enjoy the life with others with great sense of love.


Acknowledge that self-obsession can be detrimental to your mental health and relationships with others.


Reflect on the reasons why you may have become self-obsessed. Perhaps it's due to a lack of self-confidence, a fear of rejection or failure, or past traumas.


Recognize that you are not the center of the universe, and that other people's needs, feelings, and experiences are just as valid as your own.


Practice empathy by putting yourself in other people's shoes. Try to understand their perspectives and feelings, even if you don't agree with them.


Cultivate gratitude by focusing on the positive aspects of your life and the things you are thankful for. This can help shift your focus away from yourself.


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Develop a sense of purpose by setting meaningful goals and working towards them. This can give you a sense of fulfillment and help you feel less self-absorbed.


Engage in activities that bring you joy and allow you to connect with others, such as volunteering or joining a club or hobby group.


Be mindful of your thoughts and emotions. Notice when you are becoming too self-focused and redirect your attention to the present moment.


Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist. Talking about your struggles can help you gain perspective and develop healthier coping strategies.


Finally, remember that breaking the cycle of self-obsession takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress along the way.


"Self-obsession is a wonderful only when it is happening on a saintly level. It poisons the heart when it sets itself to the physical level." - Nilesh Zapade

 

This quote suggests that self-obsession can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the level at which it occurs. When self-obsession happens on a saintly level, meaning that it is focused on self-improvement and spiritual growth, it can have positive outcomes. For example, a person who is self-obsessed with becoming more patient and kind may spend time meditating and reflecting on their actions, which can lead to a more compassionate and empathetic demeanor.


However, when self-obsession is focused on the physical level, such as an excessive preoccupation with appearance or material possessions, it can have negative consequences. This type of self-obsession can lead to feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction, as well as unhealthy behaviors like excessive spending. By focusing on self-improvement and spiritual growth, self-obsession can be a positive force in one's life, but when it becomes fixated on superficial or materialistic aspects of the self, it can be toxic to one's well-being

 

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Guest
Mar 07, 2023

I remember feeling incredibly overwhelmed and stressed out when I found myself in a situation similar to this one. It felt like everything was happening all at once and I didn't know where to start. My mind was racing with thoughts and I couldn't focus on any one thing. Your observation of the things is really good and I enjoyed every bit of your post. Thank you😇


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NILESH
Mar 24, 2023
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