When we shift our awareness away from the mind and toward the inner-body, extraordinary physical changes occur. The immune system becomes strong enough to prevent illness. The aging process dramatically slows. We feel good, look good, and our bodies function optimally even into old age.
Life in the egoic state, on the other hand, means to gradually become physically ill, overweight, old in appearance, and grumpier. This is where the ego leads you, no matter its false promises of future happiness and salvation.
The normal functioning of the ego will slowly destroy anyone by overwhelming us with fear and conflict. As time goes by, the unobserved mind becomes increasingly tortured. While we are young, this isn’t much of a problem. Continue down this path, and every normal person eventually succumbs to the damage done by the ego and must either recognize its empty promises or continue the slide toward more misery.
The ego generates so many tortured thoughts that are never released. Instead, they are fed into the body to create negative emotions. Those negative emotions then influence the mind, creating a negative feedback loop. Meanwhile, ego's solution to suffering is to hope for the future for salvation. If only this would change or that could happen. Always waiting for the future, the destination never arrives (or if it does, you miss it).
The good news is that, with an open heart and mind, salvation is possible. The ego, of course, finds these words offensive and ridiculous. It demands proof. I, on the other hand, demand proof that the ego offers anything of value…that stress and fear is anything but insanity…that any form of attack has ever resulted in love, peace, health, happiness, youthfulness, bliss or anything we most deeply desire. Ego is the only real problem.
There is way to live that is in alignment with reality. At any moment, we can simply decide against the ego to instantly undo unnecessary suffering. If you need evidence, try it for yourself. Let go of thoughts. Don't follow a stream of thought. Let it go. Bring your attention to the inner body. Observe, accept, release whatever feelings you find there. Begin a daily meditation and spiritual practice to continue in this state of connectedness to the new, to reality, to life, itself. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.