How do we break the habit of excessive thinking : Eckhart Tolle

26 Jul

I wanted to share this talk by Eckhart Tolle on state of “Presence”. Presence is simply ” gaps in thinking” or ” space of no thought”. It could be alert awareness,spaciousness or mindfulness. I like this eastern premise of “no thinking” and to focus on present moment in a unitary state. This is Zen.

I am a big fan of critical thinking and feel its great. I feel critical thinking gets best actualized through moments of ” no thinking”. So my path to critical thinking is through moments of no thinking, may be it throws some light, may be its like a mental shower 🙂

In this video, Eckhart Tolle states the greatest addiction which we never get to read about in papers is addiction to thinking. He alludes thinking to a pseudo sense of self and that there is a great reluctance on part of people to let go of thinking. His says his primary teaching is of “presence”, a space of no- thought,which also could also be a background presence to thinking. He further says in this presence,thinking loses its ability to create havoc and confuse. He also states practicing present moment awareness slows down over active mind and helps in accepting the isness,simplicity of “now” as it is. A way to practice this awareness is to practice sense perception without a need to label or name. To see without intervention of mind and concepts.

My friend first introduced me to Eckhart teachings through his book ” The Power of Now”. I liked the book much and to confess it gave me peace and perspective in a challenging phase of life. I always liked Zen. I liked his interpretation of simple awareness. I would like to recommend it to anyone who would like to explore this way of thinking. Its non sectarian and a useful book.

To quote from his book ” The Power of Now”:

” When you are on a journey,it is certainly helpful to know where you are going or at least in the general direction in which you are moving,but don’t forget: the only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.”

Or ” If you no longer want to create pain for yourself and others,if you no longer want to add to the residue of past pain that still lives on in you,then don’t create any more time,or at least no more than is necessary to deal with practical aspects of life. How to stop creating time.? Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”

I would like to add a rider here and a request here, if there are any young people reading this post or any such post on spirituality which may post, please only read if life has happened to you in a such a way,else please forgo and just be happy,smile and live every moment to the fullest okay 🙂 this is also true for others..

Thank you 🙂 Have a lovely day friends..


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