“Enlightenment is not only the end of continuous conflict within and without, but also the end of the dreadful enslavement to incessant thinking. What an astonishing liberation this is!” Eckhart Tolle
Okay, lets reflect on this quote. The “continuous conflict within and without” is having irritating rubs with the world. It doesn’t mean you don’t feel the world rubbing you the wrong way, its is that the rubbing doesn’t create “incessant thinking” about the rub. Thinking rises as a feed-back loop to restore balance between the inside and the outside, but it can’t. So it become incessant.
There is nothing wrong with thinking; that’s what the brain does, but it’s the monologues that drive us crazy. Whirlpools of thinking get started, worry whirls we can call them, that exhaust us.These Worry Whirls are a futile attempt to restore balance when we feel the scales of justice have tipped against us, which is most of the time. The universe is always returning to sum zero, and when we feel negativity, that is the feeling of being out of balance, and we have to blame something or someone, and then thinking comes rushing in to restore balance like Eywa, the Mother, in Avatar.
When awareness and interest shifts from blame to asking questions about the rub itself, we being to move towards balance and away from incessant thinking. Awareness and thinking are incompatible. As thinking subsides, Awareness grows.