You know, I was teaching yoga. I was teaching the class. I was in the role of a yoga teacher and in that yoga teacher I saw myself. I saw the real me. I didn't see me as a person who was teaching the class, I saw myself as a yoga teacher.
I started thinking about it, I started thinking about it a lot... I began to see the world very differently. Because I didn't identify myself with my ego, I started identifying myself with what I really was... [and] that was the real me. I began to see things in a very different way. One time I was teaching a yoga class. And I wasn't playing me, I was teaching a yoga class. I was in the mode of I am teaching this class, this is a great class, and this class is a wonderful class. And the yoga teacher I was, you know, I was playing the role of a teacher, I was playing the role of a beautiful yoga teacher. And I was teaching the students, and the students were enjoying themselves.
When I was teaching the class, I wasn't playing me. I wasn't playing the role of the ego, I was playing the role of a teacher. I was so happy to be teaching the class. So I was proud to be teaching the class, I was proud to be a yoga teacher. And then I just realized, I'm a yoga teacher.
So I began to see myself in different ways. And I began to see what was going on with the ego. I began to see the ego as a very serious problem. I began to see the ego as a problem and I began to see the problem of the ego as a problem that I had to overcome... It was a very important realization for me.
When I say to the ego, you know, I'm having a good yoga class and I'm teaching a class, and when I'm teaching a class and I'm in the role of a yoga teacher I can be very happy to be teaching the class. But when I become proud of myself thinking I'm teaching the class, I'm playing the role of a yoga teacher, I'm playing the role of a good yoga teacher. I have to face the fact that I am a yoga teacher.
I, me and mine is, in my view, the most important thing because when you define yourself by, for example, what you are not and who you are not, you miss out on the good things... Self-criticism leads to a whole range of problems. It's a very great myth that you're not your body. You are very much your body... [it helps] to look at the person you're talking to, see what it is that's interesting about them... I find that people who are narcissistic have in common a sense that they're not interesting. They don't take anyone seriously; they're not interested in anyone. They're always in their heads, not in the room...
When you're young, you don't know what it is to be interested in someone else. And the only way you do is through touch and sight. When I was 15, I was courting a boy and I was so miserable because I was so shy. Even now, I am shy, but the boy I was courting was completely different. He was interested in me. He didn't care that I was shy. He only wanted to have fun and he liked my company. He was interested in me, in the choices I made, in the different movies I liked, in the things I was interested in. 827ec27edc