Monday with ET: “Thinking isolates a situation or event and calls it good or bad, as if it had a separate existence. Through excessive reliance on thinking, reality comes fragmented. This fragmentation is an illusion, but seems very real while you are trapped in it.” E. Tolle from A New Earth
Good morning. When I look back on the fruits of my years on the path and the last ten years of consistence meditation, the one thing that I can point to factually as a fruit is that I’m free from the tyranny of my own thinking. I still think, but thoughts are now helpful, like finding my keys, or a seed thought about what I’m going to write next.
I’m no longer plagued by mental monologues where thought tape loops like a snake eating itself. These mental vortexes are most devastating, and we think they are normal.
But all the chatter is now gone. It was a gradual retreat. All the incessant commenting on everything like I’m running a Facebook thread in my head…all gone. My mind is quiet and my eyes are open. When thinking subsides, Awareness rise like the morning sun. When a thought comes, it is like a small pebble in a still pond. I notice it, but it does not disturb my peace.