Free of the endless stream of thoughts and wants and desires

A beautiful description by Eckhart Tolle:

Some people are only home—in this moment—when they are getting tired and the noise machine in their head is too tired to produce more thoughts. You are half way towards sleep and for the first time that day it feels good to be alive. You are longing for the complete annihilation of self in deep sleep. Get away from the self, get away from the noise machine with its continuous stuff-producing machine: you need this, you want this, more stuff. And then you sleep. If you’re lucky you sleep all night long but probably the noise machine wakes you up at 3 o’clock in the morning and starts working. You remember all your problems and the great heaviness descends upon you. In bed there is no problem but the mind doesn’t know that. Then the body responds with an emotion. The body doesn’t realize that your thoughts are just thoughts. The body responds to thought as if thought were reality. So when you are thinking about your problems and how very challenging they are, your body reacts as though you are in a crisis situation at 3 o’clock in the morning in bed. For many humans the only way they can be free of the noise machine is when they move toward unconsciousness.

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