There is one major criteria in which we can measure our success here on earth. It’s not our wealth, the size of our house or the kind of car we drive. It’s not even the career we have, the level of education, the vacations we take or even the happiness of our children. It is the degree of peace that we feel within. This is not a selfish thing since the level of peace we have within contributes to the collective consciousness of peace on Earth! I have been studying from one of my favorite teachers Eckhart Tolle and just had to share some amazing insights!
A Wonderful Servant but a Terrible Master
Our mind is a wonderful tool. We can use it for specific tasks like fixing the dishwasher, creating a budget, learning more about our areas of interest such as the wildlife in Bali or the cost of living in Denver or to learn the knowledge necessary to do well at our careers.
The problem is that when we want to set that tool down and enjoy a meal, a walk, a car ride or relaxing at home with our family, the mind goes Dr. Jeckyl on us with thoughts of lack and attack. The fears and worries, concerns and criticisms flood in like a tsunami and the tool we value so much drowns us with anxiety and fears robbing us of our peace of mind.
Most of our thinking is not only repetitive and useless but dysfunctional, negative and harmful. This drains our energy. If you are unaware of the continuous self talk and it’s negative nature, please take some time to observe your mind and I’m sure you’ll find it to be true. Perhaps you already know this but you cant stop it. Perhaps you’ve tried but it seems stronger than you.
Easier Said than Done!
In order to become free of the self talk, we need to be aware that it exists so that we can disidentify with it. Until then, you “are” the self talk. You “are” the voice in the head. Once we realize that the self talk is not really who we are, we can recognize it’s futility and how it goes around in circles and how it is getting us nowhere and making our lives miserable.
The more often we can recognize this, the more we look at it, the more we can realize that we don’t really need it. Otherwise, as Eckhart says, “The self talk justifies itself as being necessary, especially when the self talk is worry!” We think things like “I have to think about this! It is important for me to figure out!”
” The single most vital step on our journey to enlightenment or peace of mind is to learn to disidentify with your mind.” Eckhart Tolle. This means to become the watcher of the mind, not take it so seriously and not let yourself be caught up in it. “Until one day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child.” This means that you don’t take the content of your mind all that seriously. In this sense you learn to use the tool of the mind for a specific task and when that task is completed, you lay it down.
Three Ways Out of Compulsive Thinking and Into Peace
- We can learn to withdraw our consciousness from thinking and settle into inner stillness by bringing our focus to our breath. Feel the breath go into the body and out of the body. Breath by breath. We cannot think, and focus on our breathing at the same time. Try it for a moment. Now, the thinking will “pull” at our attention to get it back and draw us in, but we can notice it and bring it back to the breath again.
- Another gateway is to bring our awareness into the body. Take a moment now to feel the aliveness of the inner body or the energy field of the inner body in your hands or arms. Can you feel it?
- The third thing we can do is tune into our senses. Notice what you see when you look closely, hear the sounds and feel the textures. Do this now for a moment with the things near you and notice how your thinking stops as you tune into perception.
Gradually obsessive thinking becomes weaker and true creative thinking becomes stronger.
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