Living With Meaning

Mystic Meditation holding a rock with a water background for "Eckhart Tolles - A New Earth"

We are more than words or thoughts. Could words ever explain who you are, or the ultimate purpose of the Universe?

A depth returns to your life when you don't cover your world up with words or labels.

Here are some passages from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. I hope you find them thought provoking, and I will add more of my thoughts after these passages.

"...thinking without awareness is the main dilemma of human existence."

"Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it were a reality. It doesn't know it is just a thought. To the body, a worrisome, fearful thought means "I am in danger," and it responds accordingly, even though you may be lying in a warm and comfortable bed at night. The heart beats faster, muscles contract, breathing becomes rapid. There is a buildup of energy, but since danger is only a mental fiction, the energy has no outlet. Part of it is fed back to the mind and generates even more anxious thought. The rest of the energy turns toxic and interferes with the harmonious functioning of the body." pg. 134, A New Earth

Obviously he is talking about everyday thoughts worrying about paying your bills, or wondering what other people are thinking of you. He's not talking about fearful thoughts in the sense of actual danger...that is different, and warranted (like if you are in actual physical danger). Here he is talking about all those pesky thoughts that run through our heads while we are lying there trying to fall asleep at night. I know I'm not the only one who's had those, right? ;o) How many nights have we wasted laying there thinking about all the things we did or didn't do that day, and what needs to get done tomorrow? On and on the thoughts go! It is important for our physical chemistry to control those thoughts...especially the ones that we have no control over anyway. How does worrying help anything? In all reality, it really doesn't.... it only creates even more worry.

"In The Power of Now, I mentioned my observation that after two ducks get into a fight, which never lasts long, they will separate and float off in opposite directions. Then each duck will flap its wings vigorously a few times, thus releasing the surplus energy that built up during the fight. After they flap their wings, they float on peacefully, as if nothing ever happened. If the duck had a human mind, it would keep the fight alive by thinking, by story-making. This would probably be the duck's story: "I don't believe what he just did. He came to within five inches of me. He thinks he owns this pond. He has no consideration for my private space. I'll never trust him again. Next time he'll try something else just to annoy me. I'm sure he's plotting something already. But I'm not going to stand for this. I'll teach him a lesson he won't forget." And on and on the mind spins its tales, still thinking and talking about it days, months, or years later." pg 137-138, A New Earth

Wow! This story really hits home for me, and maybe it does for many of you as well. Do you see how silly the ducks thoughts are in this story? How many times do we do this in our everyday relationships? I know I've done this before in friendships, and in my marriage. Spinning tales, and holding on to that old hurt and baggage years later, just so that I can "be right" or punish someone in some way by not letting it go. Gosh, after reading "The Duck With A Human Mind" story here, it just seems so silly. Really I am only punishing myself if I hold onto those thoughts, right? It's time to gain some perspective and let all that mind clutter and baggage go. =)

"When you make the present moment, instead of past and future, the focal point of your life, your ability to enjoy what you do - and with it the quality of your life - increases dramatically. Joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. When the creative power of the universe becomes conscious of itself, it manifests as joy. You don't have to wait for something "meaningful" to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning in joy than you will ever need. The "waiting to start living" syndrome is one of the most common delusions of the unconscious state. Expansion and positive change on the outer level is much more likely to come into your life if you can enjoy what you are doing already, instead of waiting for some change so that you can start enjoying what you do." pg. 297-298, A New Earth

Go back with me to the first statement of this post, and think about all the labels and conditions we put on ourselves and the world. Personally, I feel the energy that speaks in nature, people, places, and things - words can not begin to describe or label the experience. It just is. Why do we try so hard to label ourselves? I think it's our egos way of trying to "fit in" with the world. But what if we allowed ourselves to simply BE a part of the world - just the way we are? What would happen? Would we loose our identity by not putting ourselves in a category with a label? Who am I?

"I'm a mother. I'm a wife. I'm a musician. I'm a runner. I'm a friend." The labels could go on for paragraphs! But in the end - I am me - and you are you. There are no words or labels that can truly define all of a person in entirety. To know me is to truly "know" me. It's an energy, a feeling, a oneness of "knowing" my energy on a different level of being. I was just telling my husband today how amazing Facebook truly is. I have made new friends there who I know at a soul level - but have never met in physical form. My new friend Katie is a perfect example of this. She lives hundreds of miles away and we've known each other a short few months. Yet, I feel like I have known her for years! I'm pretty sure I could go visit her and sit down with her and talk like we've done it for years. ♥ All of the human stuff - the labels or status' in life don't matter. All that matters is an energy exchange of friendship that goes beyond words and time. =)

We can tap into this at any time we want by allowing "what is" to simply be. When I held the rock in the above photograph...I didn't try to describe the rock, not in my mind or out-loud. I simply held it and listened to the energy and life within it. The rocks "soul" so to speak. The simple state of being. (My husband says I look angry in this photo, because of my frowed eyebrows, lol! I assure you I wasn't angry!...the sun was bright, and I was concentrating on the rock's energy. Haha!)

Do you feel that you put labels on yourself? If so, what do these labels look like? Are they true? Can words ever explain who you truly are, or your path in this life? Do you hold on to unnecessary worry or thoughts at night time before bed, or do you allow your mind to quiet itself? Do you spin tales for days and years, or do you "let it go"? Feel free to discuss here, or simply discuss with your own inner-self. ♥♥♥

I have a recommendation for the night time worry (which has worked well for me). Keep a journal next to your bed, and if you think of something that you don't want to forget...write it down. Purge your mind of worrisome thoughts by journaling. Or keep a to-do list, if it's your days list of chores that is keeping you up at night. That way you can "let the thoughts go", and get a good nights sleep - worry free! ♥

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