I think, therefore I am NOT
Ever noticed that voice in your head? The one that chatters away incessantly, replaying conversations and regaling past experiences?
One night whilst studying for exams the internal chatter would not quieten down, my worries seeming only to amplify it and I can clearly remember thinking:
This is it. My mental health is declining I’m “hearing voices” which only induced a panic attack.
The Power of Now written by Eckhart Tolle was a life changing read but the following quote left quite a profound impression on me:
“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behaviour. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise…”
Before reading this book it never really dawned on me that it were my voice in my head and that by shifting my attention to it …
i had the power to reduce the intensity of the thought.
The more you practise watching your thoughts you begin dis-identifying with them and acting from a place of authenticity which brings about an inner calm.
Now I’m becoming more aware of my thoughts they can actually have me in hysterics at times; some of the things they come up with can be utterly absurd.
With everything it takes practise but I will leave you with this:
Try not to cling to your thoughts and you will begin to see that you are not your thoughts but rather a person having thoughts or as Eckhart Tolle refers to as the “becoming the watcher”
Have you read anything which has been life-changing for you?
Love and light,