During the winter holiday in 2018 along the hallway, a lady was reading a book that looks familiar to me. “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. My dad strongly recommended this book so, I gave it a try since I was feeling low at that moment. The last thing I remembered I was hooked with it. I would place it at places where I could grab and read anytime. It opened up my perspective in life toward everything and ever since, I implement the practices in my daily life. Mr. Tolle conveyed messages in the simplest yet meaningful way. He made philosophy terms sound simple and yet it is that easy! It wasn’t your ordinary inspirational book. His writing style was on point. I love how he never emphasize any religions in his message instead he used neutral terms.
” You are not your mind. ” – Eckhart Tolle
This is one of the subtopics I would like to share for today. According to Mr. Tolle, there are multiple voices in the head which we should be aware of but never to judge. The voices do not represent you. The human mind is tricky. Thinking that you are controlling it but in fact, it controls you. It’s just mind-blowing. To be honest, I have been listening to the voices and feed them energy to be dominant. Mr. Tolle explained this notion in a simple way and how we could make it into practice. Most people analyze situations through the eyes from past experiences or with a mind inherited from the culture they grew up in.
Let me give you a simple example. You attended a business networking event. However, you had an inadequate experience of initiates talk with people. Due to the past event, your mind discouraged you by playing the event in your head repetitively. As a result, you believe you should not attend any networking event anymore. In reality, the experience was just an experience and should not have judged the current moment based on the past. Therefore, be aware of the voice and see how it carries negative repetition in the mind. Eventually, you will be able to separate yourself from your mind. At that moment, you are not your mind but you.
One day, I shared the topic in a group. One of them said it is rationality. According to Merriam Webster (n.d.), rationality defined as “the quality of being based on or following reason and logic”. Don’t we use our mind for reasoning? I started to have my doubt. I believe it is beyond that.
Tell me what do you think about it and comment below. I would love to hear from you guys!