I've began reading The Power of Now by Eckert Tolle and I came across a few points that I really enjoyed already:
- Observe your emotions, do not be them
- Watch your physical reactions not just your thinking because the body will always tell the truth
- By dwelling mentally on a situation, thoughts feed energy to an emotional reaction
- Pain is inevitable as long as you are identify with it (identify with your mind)
- Pain comes from nonacceptance or resistance. Your thoughts cause judgment and your emotions cause negativity.
- The more you are able to honor and accept the now, the more you are free from pain and suffering- and free from egoic mind
- Thought cannot exist without a consciousness but consciousness does not need thought. You can be conscious without thought.
- The forcefully, compulsive and deeply unconscious need to be right is a form of violence
- We live our life based around time- past and future. Be present. Allow the present moment to be accepted as it is
Those bullets seem to be random but they are statements that stood out to me as I begin this book. Another interesting point is matter of pain-bodies. The pain-body stems from unhappiness. The only way to truly overcome the pain-body is to starve it. Do not identify with it and always be alert. Focus on the pain-body, accept that it is there, don’t think about it, don’t judge it or analyze it. Stay in the present and continue to be the observer. I have taken time to watch/ observe my pain-body. When I do this it is a lot like being on the outside looking at my emotions as a separate person. My pain-body stems from my past relationships. Instead of feeding into my pain-body and letting the past take over my reactions, I am learning to observe and starve my pain-body by not giving into the negativity it brings about. This has helped me to understand my pain and move forward from it. The more I starve it, the closer it is to dying and my freedom from it.
I view my pain-body in some ways as a spirit that attaches itself to you. A spirit doesn’t have to be some grand demon figure liking the movies. It could be hurt, pain, depression, anything negative. A long history of built-up negativity attaches itself to your spirit. Does it take an extensive exorcism or a laid out on the floor come to Jesus meeting. Not all the time. The answer is to stop feeding it. Every time you give into negative thoughts or emotions, you’re feeding the entity and pretty soon it will grow so big you feel like you cannot overcome it. We are to starve the flesh right. It won’t be easy to ignore but you can accomplish it with God.
This is spiritual warfare. The spirit is stronger than we give a credit, we just choose the easy, pleasurable ways of the flesh. You have to get it into you mind to say "I’m ignoring you defeat, anger, hostility, depression, anxiety, frustration, fear, and doubt!!!!" It has got to make you mad that this pain-body is trying to identify itself with you and take over who you are. You are not your pain. You are not your emotions. Emotions are surface and only reactions to a given situation. They are temporary. We have to free ourselves from the pain and pleasure cycle and truly live in things that eternal; God. Love, joy, peace, patience, these are all eternal things, not temporary emotions and we can only get to those eternal things by starving the pain-body (flesh) and seeking God.
So I charge you to be an observer of the flesh. Next time you feel an emotion, allow it to be and watch how it tries to manifest. Do not become your thinking. Focus on the present, live in the now. Enjoy the breath that is flowing into your body, the sensation of the things around you, the rise and fall of your chest, the glory of God ever present around you. God commands us to be present so live for today.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:31-34