Why is it that even when we know we are being hooked by our ego, we still go there? Steve relates his experience of getting triggered at a restaurant and engaging in a political conflict with someone sitting nearby. He relates that while it felt good at the time to stand up for his beliefs and shut someone down who was clearly “wrong,” he realized shortly after, with the help of his loving wife, that he was ego tripping, and actually part of the problem. But how do we support ourselves in undoing our ego if we don’t have a partner or therapist there to confront us with the truth? We are in the process of separating from our ego, seeing the ego more as an “it” than a “me.” The problem is never “out there,” rather it is always “in here.” No one or no thing has the power to disturb our peace, only we can do that. When we own our responsibility, we reclaim our power. Self-forgiveness and self-compassion is vital in our process of healing. Any form of attack or judgment is always associated with fear and wrong-minded thinking. Seeing the innocence in yourself and others is the path to wholeness.