In my experience, the best way to avoid addictions and address ego is to focus on positive activities. It’s best not to actively ignore the ego. We must acknowledge that ego helped us to survive in the world. Acknowledging thoughts and replacing them with positive ones works well. Sometimes when ego seems difficult, thank it for the suggestion before moving forward to a constructive endeavor. Allow it little victories like locking the door at night but draw the line at waking thoughts that reek of separation.
Address the ego by telling it how grateful you are for its help in getting you though rough situations in the past. Since these phases are now complete, tell ego it’s time to rest and enjoy the passenger seat while the True Self takes on the task of driving.
When ego is in charge, it’s impossible to silence the small mind within. Participating in positive, nurturing activities help us because the more we dwell on ego’s negativity, the more we try to kill it, the more we recognize it and make it real. Repeating a positive mantra or affirmation keeps ego busy when the small mind refuses to be still. “I AM grateful. Grateful I AM” is my favorite. Music, writing, reading spiritual books, participating in constructive endeavors like gardening or keeping company with friends of like mind also help to keep centered in Christ Consciousness.
The trick is to get into the habit of overlooking ego and thereby ignoring it without realizing what you are doing. It’s a sort of mind training, the same way our minds were trained to believe all the things we believe now. The same way we trained our mind to forget the True Self when we first came here.