Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth, Page 214. “The ego is always on guard against any kind of perceived diminishment.” When someone blames or criticizes me, that to the ego is a diminishment of self, and it will immediately attempt to repair its diminished sense of self through self-justification, defense or blaming.”
Tolle continues on with this suggestion: “A powerful spiritual practice is consciously to allow the diminishment of the ego when it happens without trying to restore it.” His suggestion is to “do nothing” when the ego begins to feel attacked. If practiced, “you realize that nothing real has been diminished, that through becoming “less,” you become more.” By becoming less, “you in fact undergo an expansion and make room for Being to come forward.”
I have work to do.