Say yes to life—and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you. (Eckhart Tolle)
What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and is always now?
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Your mind wants control over reality. The voice in your head tells you what is good or bad…what you hope will happen and what should be avoided. Most people believe that the voice in the head is rational, that it should be taken seriously. In truth, it is insane to trust in the mind because the mind doesn’t know what it wants and has no power to get it.
To trust your mind is to live in a state of confusion, struggle, and turmoil. You struggle to “make up your mind” about everything. You imagine what will make you happy in the future; then come the strategies for how to get it and the sacrifices that follow. Yet nothing ever goes according to plan. Every path you take leads to what you did not expect. You struggle to move in one direction, but life resists your plans and takes you in another. Even if you manage to get what you want, it doesn’t make you happy and you quickly change your mind about it.
People who are mind-dominated and purely rational are not happy. They are often unsure, paralyzed, stuck somewhere, lost, and ineffective. Lost in illusions of past and future, believing of what should be or should not be, the present moment is only an obstacle. Yet the present moment is the field where everything exists and everything happens. This, here and now, is where we need to be alive. Be the awakened one, and life immediately starts working for you.
Now your function is not to judge or to control reality; rather, merely to accept it without judgement or emotion. You have no power to shape reality; rather, your job is merely to accept it and respond to it. You don’t have to find your path, life gives you your path. Embrace it without the concepts of good or bad and then a full letting-go as the next moment unfolds. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
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