Over the next 3 months, I feel compelled to take on 'Living in the Now'. I want to take each heading of 'The Power of Now' and choose one significant or profound statement in that section and relate it to my life and experiences.
Beginning with his Introduction Pages 3-6, Eckhart speaks of how 'I cannot live with myself any longer', and what a peculiar thought it was. He asked: 'Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the 'I' and the 'self' that 'I' cannot live with. "Maybe" only one of them is real'.
Which one is real?
Have you ever stopped to really listen to the voice in your head and hear what it's saying? Have you asked: 'Is that me who's thinking that thought? If it's not, who'? Recently I did. I heard my monkey mind jump from thought to thought without a break. After observing for a time I was exhausted. Listening to all negative stuff about myself, others, situations etc. Yuk! It was like taking a helicopter view of myself. I realized that I am not my thoughts. It's like someone or thing has taken me over. For one whole day I simply observed where those thoughts carried me...I was amazed at where I went. Mostly not wanting to go to any of those places. They didn't feel good.
So, if you were to be the observer of your thoughts for an entire day, what would you discover?
Following Eckhart's awakening, he spent almost two years sitting on park benches in a state of the most intense joy. People would ask him 'I want what you have. Can you give it to me, or show me how to get it?' He would say: 'You have it already. You just can't feel it because your mind is making too much noise'! 1' 30"