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Summary of "Mind Your Elephant: How to get rid of your ego, connect with others and save the world". Download the book for free in www.mindyourelephant.org

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  • ...for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. I am
  • Unconditional love is essentially unconditional connectedness.
  • let go of what you have and what you don’t have.
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    • 1. llustrations: PETTERI LAAKKONEN Text:TOMI ASTIKAINEN Mind your elephant How to get rid of your ego, connect with others and save the world
    • 2. Mind your elephant
    • 3. Mind your elephant “A person with ubuntu is open and  Dysfunctional people available to others, affirming of  Ego-driven individuals others, does not feel threatened  Dysfunctional relationships that others are able and good.” Desmond Tutu  Artificial separateness  Dysfunctional society  Systemic crisis
    • 4. You are not your elephant
    • 5. You are not your elephant “I am that by which I  Elephant is your ego know I am”  “a mental image of who you Nisargadatta Maharaj are, based on your personal and cultural conditioning.”  You are not your ego  your name, age, body, title or profession is not you  You are the consciousness behind your elephant
    • 6. Suffering is elephant food
    • 7. Suffering is elephant food “Why are you unhappy? Because  The obsessive compulsives 99.9 per cent of everything you  possessiveness, pleasure, think, and of everything you do, is fear, keeping busy, thinking for yourself. And there isn't one.” Wei wu Wei  Trying to be happy causes suffering  concentrate on peace, love and joy within  Acceptance is the key  accept that everything is unsatisfactory, impermanent and has no self
    • 8. The elephant has taken over
    • 9. The elephant has taken over “For some our dialogue of  Elephant speech brain chatter runs so fast that  “I need, I want, I desire” we can barely keep up with  “I should, I could, I would” what we are thinking..” Jill Bolte Taylor  Silence the brain chatter  elephant is in the past and in the future; be in the now  Replace fear with love  accept the fact that your elephant is afraid  take everything as a gift
    • 10. The crocodile dentist
    • 11. The crocodile dentist “We live in a time of chaos, as rich in  The Golden Rule 2.0 the potential for disaster as for new  “I am because you are” possibilities. How will we navigate  mindset affects behavior these times? The answer is, together.” Margaret Wheatley  behavior changes thoughts  The Nokia Generation  focus on the whole, parts and interconnections  Give for the sake of giving  scrap “what’s in it for me”
    • 12. Elephant in crocodile’s mouth
    • 13. Elephant in crocodile’s mouth “Only actions that do not cause  Spot the elephant in both opposing reactions are those that  accept instead of judging are aimed at the good of all.” Eckhart Tolle  Appreciate assertiveness  defend everyone’s rights  focus on what works  Law of Garbage Truck  don’t take things personally
    • 14. Relationships without elephant
    • 15. Relationships without elephant “When people talk, listen  Aim for egoless synergy completely. Most people  empathy: “walk a mile in never listen.” another person’s shoes” Ernest Hemingway  Practice compersion  enjoy others’ delight  Be radically honest  minimize your “assholiness”  Communicate everything  we cannot read minds... yet
    • 16. The culture of letting go
    • 17. The culture of letting go “When I let go of what I am, I  Acknowledge the facts become what I might be.”  let go of safe and familiar Lao Tzu  Do less, be more  free time to do nothing  Get rid of needless stuff  learn to minimize craving, delusion and attachment  It can feel like dying  when the ego dies, you can be reborn and grow up
    • 18. Society of ants
    • 19. Society of ants “As a thinker and planner, the ant is  We don’t need control the equal of any savage race of men; as a self-educated specialist in several  we can be self-organized arts, she is the superior of any savage  50% of ants do nothing race of men; and in one or two high  be the change you seek! mental qualities she is above the reach of any man, savage or civilized!”  Competition is not enough Mark Twain  co-create for common good  We are already connected  how do we work as a system?
    • 20. Monetary system is unhealthy  System-created values  greed, self-interest, elitism  Who creates money?  1-3 % is coins and bills  money is debt  who pays the interest?  Nature and we suffer  are you free or in debt?  what are the alternatives?
    • 21. Towards a new society What kind of world would you like to see?
    • 22. Towards a new society “Our customs, behaviors, and  Equal opportunity to values are by-products of our culture. If the environment is abundance is the key unaltered, similar problems and  I am because you are behaviors will reoccur.” because we are Peter Joseph  New culture is needed  meaningful co-creation and agile development  bestowal and abundance  authenticity, awareness and dialogue
    • 23. Be the awakening
    • 24. Be the awakening “Everything in your life is  off-the-creed there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”  knowing and doing the right Ram Dass thing  off-the-greed  from monetarism to free co-creation  off-the-grid  small self-reliant and interlinked communities
    • 25. www.mindyourelephant.org