“When compulsive striving away from the Now ceases, the joy of Being flows into everything you do. The instant y our attention turns to teh Now, you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace.” Eckhart Tolle
Lets look at “compulsive striving” and why we would turn away from inner peace. Buddha calls this turning away from peace Ignorance; Christianity calls it original sin, the turning away from God. Compulsion implies the absence of choice; one is compelled to turn away. One feels there is no choice. We all feel this compulsion when we are addicted. I used to smoke, and there you can feel the compulsion that can’t be resisted, no matter how many times you vow to not smoke.
Striving away from one’s own Being sounds insane, doesn’t it. In striving there is a sense of becoming something better than what is given, which is always the Now. I can do better than this, Striving says. Becoming trumps Being. We turn away from Being because Being only seem to offer pain, and the future of Becoming is always bright. That is where pleasure resides.
The irony is that in turning away from Being, we create the pain from the loss of Being, and then we seek the end of that pain in becoming, in the future. When we SEE that double-blind ; ignorance ends. Being and SEEing are One. Being and Becoming are then One…and that is the cessation of suffering.