“Another way to see the non-existence of the solid ‘I’ that feels hurt is to ask ourselves, ‘How do I know I’m hurt?’ When we investigate, we see that we know this only because the feeling of hurt exists. Dependent on that feeling, we generate the thought, ‘I’m hurt.’ In other words, because either our body or our mind feels hurt, we think, ‘I am hurt.’ Without taking our body and mind into consideration, we would not generate the thought ‘I’. Thus, the ‘I’ arises dependently. It exists only in relationship to, in dependence upon body and mind. It does not stand on its own. Therefore, it does not exist from its own side, independently. It is empty of being solid or of existing under its own power. Thinking in this way, we arrive at an open state focused on the lack of a concrete ‘I’ who needs to be defended and whose happiness is most important.”
– Ven. Thubten Chodron, Working With Anger
What are the implications for how you “exist”, when you begin to understand the lack of a concrete “I”?