Our egos are constantly attempting to define ourselves, to create an identify of who we are. This is what the ego evolved to do, to help us figure out how we fit into the world around us and how we relate to our social environment.
Along with this identify, the ego often creates expectations based on an idealized version of our identify, which can lead to disappointment and suffering when reality doesn’t match our expectations.
A spiritual path or a healing journey can help us break free from an ego based on materialistic concerns, but often our ego adapts and creates a new identity based on ideas of spirituality or wellness. For this reason, it can be helpful to balance all desires for growth, self-improvement and healing with acceptance of ourselves exactly where we are in this present moment, in this stage of our journey.