So it’s important to see the relationship between the ego and suffering. And I think we can see it in this experience and function of separation, a permanent aspect of life. The root word for separation, that comes from the Indo-European root means ‘to sieve’. To sieve. When you take some beans or some rice and you put it into a sieve, and you shake it, there’s a separation that takes place. And what you want to keep and cook remains in the sieve and what you don’t want gets thrown away.
( The Brick Wall of the Ego 1 by Laurence Freeman OSB )