Spring Clean Your Mind

September 21, 2005

Spring Clean Your Mind

My mind is in need of a spring clean. I?m one of those people with a constantly racing mind. Always thinking about new ways to do things, always worrying things won?t work out. I even saw a palm reader who (without even meeting me) could tell me that I was worrying and thinking too much. So it was time to do something about it. But how? How do you switch off and relax? Well Eckhart Tolle seems to have the secret.

Eckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher whose first book, The Power of Now (Hodder) has become a New York Times best-seller, has been translated into over 30 languages and has been widely recognised as one of the most influential spiritual books of all time. Eckhart isn?t aligned with any particular religion or tradition but speaks a message that isn?t dissimilar to religion ? there is a way to eternal peace and happiness. And that is through freeing ourselves from our minds and learning how to be at peach with ourselves.

According to Eckhart, the constant noise in our head prevents us from finding inner stillness.
?Not being able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don?t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal?.

The first way Eckhart suggests to free ourselves from our mind is to realise we are not our minds. This is in direct contrast to philosopher Descartes old saying, ?I think, therefore I am.? Eckhart is putting the idea out that we aren?t using our mind, it?s using us. All the things that truly matter, such as love, joy, creativity, inner peace and beauty, exist beyond the mind. You?ve probably experienced these times without thought ? the rush of love you felt in that first moment you held your baby in your arms, or the first kiss with the love of your life. All these moments were probably devoid of constant though. Eckhart suggests you can experience this pure, unadulterated feeling of ?Beingness? at all times with his guide to spiritual enlightenment.

The Power of Now follows on, explaining how to arrive at the state of Beingness with easy, practical suggestions. He sets it out quite simply as a series of questions and answers, so any doubts that might come to mind are probably answered in this book. If nothing else, it will give you a definite realisation that the only time that matters is the present. It sounds clich?d, but why keep thinking about the past or the future when the present is just sitting there, waiting to be experienced.

By Bliss Baker

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