- Live in the present: be aware of your body, your mind, and your surroundings.
- Master breathing: consciously control your breathing.
- Control your autonomic nervous system: take a cold shower every day.
Posts Tagged ‘The Power of Now’
Eckhart Tolle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M00VLswZdyc):
[1:03] Potentially religion is a wonderful thing. The origin of religion is usually somebody who has a deep insight into the oneness of all life and then attempts to teach that to others – compassion, love, and to recognize the other as yourself. Unfortunately, the beautiful original teaching often gets hijacked by the ego (mind/thoughts) and is then used for its own purposes. The result is that now we have, to a large extent (although not completely, there are pockets in religion that are deeply spiritual), religions that are divisive forces in our world rather than something that unites us.
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.
A beautiful message from Eckhart Tolle (author of The Power of Now):
No longer demand that a particular condition should make you happy. By “condition” I mean a situation, a place, or a human being. We make demands such as, “He should do this to make me happy” or “She should do that to make me happy” or “This place is not good enough, it’s not making me happy” or “This situation that I just went into should make me happy but it’s not”. People, places, and situations are not there to make you happy; they are there to wake you up. The world is not here to make you happy. Conditions are here to be transcended internally so that internally you go beyond dependency on external conditions. Transcend means to be aware of the timeless dimension of who you are.
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.