April 7, 2017
The mind can only think old thoughts. Things that it has learned and thought before. To think new thoughts, to have great insights, you must go outside the mind. You must stop thinking. When you stop thinking, then you allow the timeless consciousness in. The timeless consciousness is not bound by old, limited thought patterns.
How to stop thinking? Easy. Simply shift your attention. Focus your attention on your breathing. Focus on the inhalation and then the exhalation. You can’t think when you’re focused on your breathing. Do this for one or two breaths. Then resume work on your problem. You may very well find that you suddenly have a new insight.
— This is a synopsis of some of the neat things that I have learned from Eckhart Tolle.
April 3, 2017
Today I remembered a particular day in grade school (perhaps 3rd or 4th grade). It was recess and I was playing with two friends. It was exciting. It must have been a Friday because the next day there was no school. I felt depressed. I wanted that excitement again. I think that I even walked to school, somehow hoping that my friends would be there. But the playground was empty. It saddened me, deeply. Oddly, I see the same kind of thing playing out, now. My workdays are exciting. Each morning I open my instant messenger, Skype, which lights up with bright green colors, indicating that my colleagues are online. Throughout the workdays I have an exciting, intense time interacting with my colleagues. Then the weekend arrives. When I open Skype, it displays all red – nobody’s online. It saddens me, deeply.
March 29, 2017
Have you noticed that every TV newscast these days starts with “Breaking News”?
Presumably, “Breaking News” means that something unusual and extraordinary happened. Something that requires urgent reporting and attention.
But it occurs to me that if everything is unusual and extraordinary, then that becomes the new norm. That is, the unusual and extraordinary become the usual and ordinary. It is no longer “Breaking News”.
March 24, 2017
I am a New England Patriot’s football fan.
I am a technology evangelist.
I am Roger.
I am an avid reader.
I am a health buff.
So many different identities.
Are they who I am?
It’s fascinating how my mind (ego) defines itself by creating these various identities.
Imagine the chaos that would ensue within my mind if I could disassociate from all those identities. I have been told that the real me would emerge.
March 17, 2017
Several years ago, someone wrote a book describing food chemists. Apparently, people in the food industry have discovered a certain combination of fats, salt, and sugar that makes people want to eat more and more. Good for the food industry. Bad for consumers.
It occurs to me that an analogous thing has happened with TV writing. There are some shows on TV that hit me with a huge emotional punch. After an episode is over my adrenaline is racing, the show runs through my mind over and over, and I have a hard time sleeping. And, …. I can’t wait to see the next episode! Good for the TV industry. Perhaps not so good for TV viewers.
Have TV writers discovered a way to write which causes viewers to crave more and more?
I spoke with a colleague about this and she referred me to these books and TED talk:
Made to Stick
Thinking Fast and Slow
March 7, 2017
- Nothing that I do is important.
- My thoughts are not important.
Washing dishes is no less (and no more) important than anything else. So, I may as well treat everything with equal presence – give the same presence to washing dishes as to driving a car on an icy road.
Since my thoughts are not important, I no longer need to be consumed in my thoughts and emotions. I am free to simply observe (witness) my thoughts and emotions without condemnation.
These “lessons” at first seemed shocking to me, but on further reflection they are liberating.
March 4, 2017
The Universe is experiencing itself, for a brief moment, as a human being. It’s also experiencing itself, for a brief moment, as plants and animals. The Universe chooses, through you, to be conscious.
– Eckhart Tolle
March 1, 2017
“It’s cold outside.”
“There is a bad pain in my lower back.”
It’s not cold outside. “cold” is a label. There isn’t cold weather or warm weather. It just is.
There isn’t a bad pain in my lower back. The body just contains senses. “bad pain” is a label given to a sensation.
The problem with labeling everything is that there is an overwhelming temptation to turn life into a mental exercise rather than actually experiencing life — feeling and living the sensations and feelings.
March 1, 2017
Person: What happens when we die?
Eckhart Tolle: I haven’t gone through physical death yet. But I have gone very deeply, to what one could call death to identification with form [death to identification with the body, the mind, and the emotions]. So in a way, I have gone into that realm from where I can say and know that ultimately what we see as death is dissolution of form. The eternal in us, I know firsthand, cannot be touched by that [by dissolution of form].
February 28, 2017
I have observed this within myself: when something happens during the day, I react in the same way that I have in the past. It’s like a tape recorder inside me that keeps playing over and over. That’s not an interesting life, when nothing is new.
Eckhart Tolle talks about being present in every moment. When something happens during the day, you face it head-on, without thoughts or emotions of the past or anxieties of the future. In this way, every moment is fresh and new. Each day is full of life!