Wednesday, November 15, 2006

More Thoughts on the Power of Now

The Power of Now is about quieting the conditioned mind, which is obsessed with time. The future, the past and staying on what others think your schedule ought to be.

The conditioned mind is not you. You are not that voice in your head that keeps you up late at night thinking about what happened to you or worrying about whether you'll "make it".

All of this diverted focus takes a toll on your work and your decisions. You can't make your best decisions listening to that voice. That voice is not you. Its just echos of distortion from the nuns, the marketeers, the hucksters and the misguided. Many people are dedicated full time to twisting your thinking to their imagined advantage.

Quiet that baloney down. Meditation is one way, but quieting the conditioned mind all the time will open up resources currently caught up in useless thinking about things that don't matter Now.

The Power of Now is a great book on how to do this.

You are enough right now. You are essentially good, competant to fill all your needs. You don't need to motivate or cajole yourself into doing something. Just free your real self to focus on this moment.

As you do that, you'll also find that things you've been grasping for don't even matter to the real you. And that's where the peace begins.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Power of Now

The Power of Now is an incredible book by Eckhart Tolle. In it, he describes the mind's focus on time, its negative effects and how one can free one's self from them.

The point is not to "lose one's mind" or stop thinking, but to keep our conditioning from interfering with our ability to focus on the here and now. Focus on the mistakes and suffering of the past and what may or may not unfold in the future drains energy away from dealing with and enjoying this moment.

Free of "if only..." and "some day", one can see through the false choice of whether the glass is half full or half empty. Stop measuring and start drinking! Now!

Through meditation, I've been learning to quiet the conditioned mind, but Eckart Tolle's insights have opened my eyes as to the power of such practices. I am very excited about the impact this will have on my life.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Shuffle it already

Now THIS is amazing.