Inner Monologue: Quietude

First, consciousness is the way out of pain. We tend to latch on to negative feelings like anxiety, stress, and frustration, but we only make ourselves more miserable this way. Many people live with a tormentor in their head who continuously attacks them and drains them of their vital energy. According to Tolle, this is the cause of untold human misery and unhappiness because all pain is simply a result of resistance to things you cannot change.

Second, life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be, so it is important to embrace the present. I had difficulty accepting this way of thinking because I like to reflect on the past and plan for the future. What I’ve taken from this, however, is a heightened awareness and emphasis for living in the moment. Because both the past and future are constructed by thoughts, they have the tendency to conjure more pain and prevent people from anchoring themselves in what is actually important and happening in real time.

Finally, there are strategies to make yourself more of an observer than an identifier when it comes to negative perception. You can free yourself from pain by actively acknowledging your thoughts rather than judging them. The mind adds its own narrative to everyday events which we accept as truth. But no matter how lost we get in thoughts of fear, worry, and insecurity, who we are always remains the same….peace, kindness, wisdom, clarity, and love.

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