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How to be Completely Carefree - Teachings from Eckhart Tolle



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Beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over 30 years

one day a stranger walked by

Spare some change mumbled the beggar

Mechanically holding out his old baseball cap

I have nothing to give you said the stranger then he asked what's that you're sitting on?

Nothing replied the beggar just an old box have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember

ever looked inside asked the stranger

No said the beggar. What's the point? There's nothing in there?

Have a look inside insisted the stranger

The beggar managed to pry open the lid with astonishment

disbelief and elation

He saw that the box was filled with gold

This parable lays out the very essence of human suffering

We are always looking externally for answers to our problems for validation for security or love

but everything you will ever need can be found within the

Solution to all suffering can be found inside our mind because our thoughts are the cause of all suffering in life

Discomfort is inevitable, but suffering is a choice

There are two types of suffering one is fear which derives from our thoughts of the future

What awful scenario might play out?

The other is psychological pain, which is derived from negative thoughts of the past

Fear and pain do not live in the present moment

They need our thoughts of the past or future to keep us locked in a prison of the mind

The key to end suffering is to stop thinking

This may sound simple, but have you ever tried to stop thinking for?

Most humans, this is surprisingly difficult

Don't believe it then go ahead. Give it a try, right

now

If you're like most people you likely can't stop thoughts from seeping into your consciousness

Even when you're actively trying to push them out

So, how do you stop thinking?

How do you stop the endless chatter in your head?

How do we end the addiction to our thoughts?

The way to turn off your thoughts is to understand that you are not your mind

You are not your thoughts. The real you is something far more infinite

Most of us have been conditioned to think that our mind is who we are that our past defines what we will be forever

But our thoughts about ourselves are merely the ego. The ego is a very peculiar thing

It's a survival mechanism that will do whatever it takes to protect itself

This is why so many people get upset when they are wrong

They believe that their thoughts are their identity if their thoughts are proven wrong, then their identity gets broken

However, if you understand that you are not your thoughts you detach yourself from the limiting beliefs of the ego

The mind is a ceaselessly working survival tool like your heart or your guts

All these organs are part of us, and we're aware of their effects

We can even sometimes feel them move within us but the mind is the only one we put on a pedestal

Claiming. This is me, if

It were true though. What exactly is putting your mind on a pedestal?

If we can point a finger at our minds, then who's pointing the finger?

You are something that encompasses your mind and your true self has far greater reach

You can become free of your obsessive thoughts fears and pain through two practices

Number one listen to your constantly thinking mind

Become a witness to your mind this establishes you as an entity beyond it

separate yourself from your thoughts

Simply observe your thoughts as if they are clouds floating by in a blue sky

Be careful not to judge the thoughts your mind turns out

Judging is a thinking act a mind act

If you find yourself calling your thoughts stupid or smart good or bad, right or wrong

You're not being you but splitting your mind into two

Setting it against itself

Just listen to your thoughts

Be with them pay full attention to them then let them pass without claiming or rejecting them

They are not you as you consciously experience them

You will find yourself no longer identifying yourself as your mind. You are that consciousness

Eckhart Tolle writes the beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the thinker the

Moment you start watching the thinker a higher level of consciousness becomes activated

You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought

That thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence

You also realize that all the things that truly matter

Beauty love creativity joy inner. Peace

Arise from beyond the mind you begin to awaken

Number two being conscious of the now

That is everything around you in this moment

Your surroundings your body the input your senses sent to your brain your own activities

These are the now as in the first exercise

don't judge these experiences just

Experience them if you are sitting in a chair feel the chair beneath your thighs

Notice the length or curve of your spine is your leg bouncing or still are your feet apart or together?

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have make the now the primary focus of your life

Now is all there ever is there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind

So the next time you see a tree look at it as if you're seeing a tree for the first time

Really observe the shape of the branches the feel of the bark the sound of the breeze flowing through the leaves

observe the tree with every sense

Don't take a picture don't analyze or compare don't wish for anything to be different

Each of these thoughts takes your attention away from the beauty itself

Just observe

This is the art of being present. This is the power of now

Anytime you feel negativity creep into your mind ask yourself. Am I being present?

This question alone will cause you to become present and in the present moment

Suffering does not exist

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