I mentioned in a previous Mindful Monday quote (here) that I had ordered the Eckhart Tolle book – ‘The Power of Now‘. It has arrived and I have started reading it.
First to address the quote for today – “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there“. What this basically means is that too often these days us human beings pay little attention to the now. We are too focussed on the future. For instance: “when I lose weight life will be so much happier for me” or “when I have earned X amount of money life will be sweet” or “when I get that degree then life will be better”. Sadly, because we live this way, we often forget to live in the now, focussing on the present moment and enjoying it. Living for a future that is not even here yet is bound to cause stress, whether you realise it or not.
‘The Power of Now‘ is really very interesting, eye-opening and thought-provoking! I am only probably a quarter of the way into the book so far. What I can tell you about it is that Eckhart Tolle tells us that we have been taken over by our minds. He says: “Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.”
‘Being’ Eckhart Tolle explains, “is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. It is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.”
Eckhart Tolle explains that to begin the process of finding ‘Being’ is to start ‘watching the thinker’. He says: “start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by “watching the thinker”, which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.
When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You’ll soon realise: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind.”
Interesting isn’t it? There is much more to this that I have read…and of course more yet to read. I might do a post on the book once I have finished.
Categories: Inspirational Quotes