Finding Inner Peace By Watching The Thinker at Work

The single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this learn to disidentify from your mind Eckhart Tolle

Yesterday at work I did a lot of watching myself- watching the thinker– and tried not to get caught up in my ego whenever possible.  I made the decision to pay attention to my thoughts all day, as a spiritual practice, to help have inner peace in my day.

“The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.” -Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

On my drive into work, I made sure to notice my breathing and tried to feel my inner body. I also paid attention to what was going on around me during the commute- the other drivers, the houses all around me,  and the great outdoors. The morning sunlight cast a beautiful glow over everything, and the sky was bright blue and cloudless.

My mind wanted to wander as it always does, but I was able to catch it and bring myself back to the present moment and my drive. Continue reading “Finding Inner Peace By Watching The Thinker at Work”

Not so different


The ego likes to emphasize the ‘otherness’ of others. – Eckhart Tolle

When I think about this statement, which is pretty profound, I can see how this has affected me my whole life. When I am in my big Ego, I fall for the trap that others are so different from me. That this one has little in common with me, that this other person has so much in common with me.

When I deem someone has little in common with me, I separate myself from them and automatically judge them. I never did this consciously or with malice, but this has been how I lived all my life. I judge someone and see them as either above me or below me in some way. Both of these judgments leave me isolated and disconnected, and I must play the role. And when I play a role, I am not being authentically me. Continue reading “Not so different”