I try and write as much as I can, sometimes it comes off as rushed. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a blackberry or one of those trendy phones that I can carry about and jot down my thoughts as they pop into my mind. I am looking to get one though, it sure would make life easier when it comes to organizing my thoughts better.
Of late I have been reading a lot. There is a stirring passion within me to learn more about not only myself, but the world around me. I have been asking myself for a while now, What exactly is my purpose? What was I put on this earth to do? Yes I know, those questions are very cliche. You have heard it numerous times before. For me it really does bother me that sometimes it feels like I am just going through the motions. Doing what every one else is doing, never truly distinguishing myself from others. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. I realize some would rather be led than lead, would rather stay obscure rather than being seen and rather stay in the periphery rather than charge into the unknown, daring themselves to question what twists life has to offer them.
Yesterday, I was watching Oprah (yes I do watch it sometimes. She usually has some interesting guests or topics). The topic at hand was enlightenment and discovering oneself. She had read a book by Eckhart Tolle called ‘A New Earth’, which suggests that when human beings truly find enlightenment, they evolve or develop into a phase where they truly become self sufficient and their understanding of themselves and the world around them improves drastically.
It was fascinating watching her guests talk about how their lives have changed since they read the book and rediscovered themselves. Usually I always take things like this with a grain of salt. There are people out there who are searching for answers and will latch on to anything just to convince themselves that they are doing the right thing. Do I fall in this category? Maybe. After all I have been reading a lot of New Age thinking books of late and have been drawing a lot of parallels with what they teach and my life presently.
I have not read Tolle’s book but I do intend on doing so. What fascinates me is the notion that our present reality is more or less an illusion. From my understanding, Human beings are slaves to their thoughts. Our thoughts control us, and Tolle says that there is a natural inclination for us to move towards unhappiness and negativity. That is why depression, anxiety, stress, sadness, discrimination etc. so rampant in our society. If we can learn to strip ourselves of these emotions, detach ourselves from such and rationalize at that present moment what is going on, we should be able live peaceful lives.
I scoffed at that at first, but then after much thinking about it. I really started to see what he was getting at. We are nothing but prisoners of our minds. If we can learn to monitor our thoughts, differentiate between the good and bad ones and effectively quell the unwanted ones, what we are left with is nothing but calm. I already put this work and I must say, I am liking the results.
Think about it, why waste time on what has happened in the past or what is yet to happen, when you can divert all your attention to what is going on right now? You can be a lot more productive if you focus on the here and now, rather than on what has happened or what is yet to happen.