Posts Tagged ‘stop thinking’

I am not my thoughts

July 30, 2017

The philosopher Descartes believed that he had found the most fundamental truth when he made his famous statement: “I think, therefore I am.” He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error: to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking.

Enlightenment is not only the end of suffering and of continuous conflict within and without, but also the end of the dreadful enslavement to incessant thinking. What an incredible liberation this is!

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Want to think great thoughts? Then stop thinking

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.

How to stop thinking – give attention to your breathing

August 9, 2016

Eckhart Tolle has a really interesting perspective on thinking (thoughts). His perspective is that thoughts are a tool (a very useful tool, certainly, but a tool nonetheless). We either control the tool or it controls us. To bring about some measure of control to this tool, we need a way of turning it off (i.e., stop thinking). There is a simple way to achieve this: give attention to your breathing. It turns out that you can’t simultaneously attend to your breathing and think.

Perhaps constant, compulsive thinking brings on mental fatigue. By periodically stopping thinking, we can have more freshness in our thinking.