Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’

The ego is the unobserved mind

January 11, 2017

The ego is the unobserved mind. [Eckhart Tolle]

Thoughts are just things. They should be looked at and examined.

You are not your thoughts. Thoughts are merely things generated by the mind.

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.

Free of the endless stream of thoughts and wants and desires

July 16, 2016

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.

Your thoughts and beliefs matter

January 18, 2015

Your thoughts and beliefs matter. Your surroundings ― the people you spend time with, the places you frequent, and even the things you read ― all influence you. Even the words you use matters. The story you tell yourself shapes your actions, and when your story is only about limitations, failure, and doing less, that’s your world. That’s what your actions will reflect.

You might surprise yourself with what can happen when you get away from poisonous thoughts and poisonous people. Likewise, the best way to shape your beliefs is to hang around other people who believe and act the way you want to act. That means a team or training group or a good coach. At the least, it means immersing yourself in the activity, living it and breathing it.

Mathew Perryman

No worry before it’s time

June 1, 2014

Today I listened to a fascinating talk on mindfulness by Dr. Ellen Langer from Harvard University. Here are a few snippets:

Mindfulness is the simple act of actively noticing things.

If you live with somebody, notice five new things about that person. What will happen is the person will start to come alive for you again.

Our experience of everything is formed by the words and ideas we attach to them. Change the words and you will change the experience.

The placebo is a wonderful, wonderful drug. The placebo has cured a lot of people. It’s a very, very powerful medication. The placebo is unlocking your brain’s own pharmacy.

I think yoga is wonderful. I think running is wonderful. Once I decide that I’m going to start running because when I run, I’m going to be healthy, now I’m believing I’m being healthy… and that should translate into greater health. What I’m saying is many of these practices have a large placebo effect.

Events don’t cause stress. What causes stress are the views you take of events. [Epictetus]

Most things are an inconvenience, rather than a tragedy. Let me give you an example. Many years ago, I had a major fire that destroyed 80% of what I owned. And when I called the insurance company, and they came over the next day, the person, the insurance agent, said to me that this was the first call that he’d ever had where the damage was worse than the call. I thought, ‘Well, gee, you know, it’s already taken my stuff. Why give it my soul? You know — why pay twice?’ Which is what people so often do. Something happens, you have that loss, and then you’re going to now throw all your emotional energy at it and so you’re doubling up on the negativity.

I’m against compromise. The reason for that is because it’s an agreement for everybody to lose rather than finding the win/win solution, which is often out there.