"When each thought absorbs your attention completely, it means you identify with the voice in head. Thought then becomes invested with a sense of self. This is the ego, a mind-made "me." That mentally constructed self feels incomplete and precarious. That's why fearing and wanting are it's predominant emotions and motivating forces.
When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice -the thinker- but the one who is aware of it.
Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom."
Taken from the book Stillness Speaks by Eckart Tolle
I don't think I've mentioned before that a take a Yoga class once a week? It's great for me because I get to stretch out my whole body- which helps counteract the stiffness I get from sitting at my computer for hours on end! Plus of course Yoga's about quietening the mind and I definitely need help with that! We finish off every class with 20 minutes of relaxation and meditation and my teacher always reads us a passage from a book. I thought it would be a nice idea to write a blog post today about an author my Yoga teacher introduced me to. I am a huge fan of Eckart Tolle and I chose the passage above because it's something that I try to practice everyday- becoming aware that I don't need to pay attention to all that mind chatter- most of which I've become to realise is repetitive, pointless and stressful. And I have to say I am a lot less stressed as a result! If this passage resonates with you at all and you want to read more I would also recommend reading A New Earth- one of my most treasured books. And who knows if enough people enjoy this post perhaps I'll blog a passage every week?
Hope everyone is having a peaceful, relaxing day also :)