“When you have reached a certain degree of presence, you no longer need negativity to tell you what is needed in your life situation—but as long as negativity is there, use it. Whenever you notice that some form of negativity has arisen within you, look on it not as a failure, but as a helpful signal that reminds you to be more present.” Echart Tolle (from A New Earth)
I suppose I’ve reached a “certain degree of presence” now at 81 after being on the meandering “spiritual path” (where where does it begin) since 1968, and unwavering meditation practice since 2005, and I agree with Tolle in this quote that negative spikes in my mind are rare and almost amusing when they happen. However, I add that positive spikes in the mind are also rare. Attraction and Aversion, pleasure and pain, are a crest and valley of a mind wave, a carrier wave of time, if you will, that makes its reference in the future where pleasure will be attained or the unpleasant avoided.
When we are in the hospital, our body/mind is hooked up to a screen and we can watch the pulse, blood pressure, react to external and internal movements. Presence is like that. Your mind is on an awareness scope were you can see and get feedback information when the mind is moving towards a future reference, imagining a state in the future where you will be better than the state you are in now— which is being in the hospital.
The last time I was in a hospital for a colonoscopy, (the last time I would need one they said) I was fascinated with the feedback to my body/mind. I tried relaxing and stilling the mind to reduced the spikes. Wow, it’s like I could see the electronic measurement of a thought. Presence is like that.