I just finished reading a section of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now, and I now completely understand why I have been feeling so alive lately! I haven't really been truly able to understand why I've been feeling this new way lately. I mean, I know its because now I've started this new spiritual journey/learning of living in the moment and life with intention… but it is REALLY NOW after reading this section of the book that I understand why I've been feeling so centered, aligned and alive!
Eckhart talks about how our incessant mental noise - our thoughts - prevent us from inner stillness that is the essence of Being. He then talks about how we are a slave to our mind. We think we control our mind because we are able to have our mind do things, like solve puzzle, rationalize things, but actually we are a slave to it, as we cannot turn it off!! It's actually controlling us! He says, yes, the mind is a powerful instrument, but we can be delusional since the instrument tends to control us rather than the other way around! Just like any other instrument, you put it away when you're done using it for what it does… Like the mind, use it for the instrument it is, then put it away!
So, I have been enslaved by my mind… for all these years… and I didn't even know it!!! But, it was only just recently, through my spiritual learnings, that I realized my thoughts were out of control and were actually controlling me… I was being used by the instrument of my mind! I was possessed without even knowing it, and so the possessing entity became who I defined myself to be. So the reason I'm so alive and feel SOOO free now is because I am now watching the thinker! As in, I now realize that I am not my mind, rather, I see the mind and it's thoughts - I am watching my mind… I am the observer!!!
This is why I have been feeling so much more AWAKE, so much more ALIVE, so ENLIGHTENED, so FREE!!!! Because no longer am I controlled by my thoughts in my mind. Rather, I see my thoughts, my mind, and I understand that I am not them. Which allows me to feel the rest of living~ Which is my I am able to live more! Which is why I am able to truly see more, feel more, enjoy more, be engaged, and be PRESENT in the NOW!
Excerpt from the book:
"The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken."
BOOM!! Mind, blown!