Be the silent watcher
“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.
- Eckhart Tolle
I find this quote to be so useful to refer back to from time to time as it reminds me of the importance of stepping back and watching your thoughts. It reminds me that I am not my thoughts. They are disconnected from the true me.
When you watch your thoughts come and go, allowing them to do so without judgment or analysis, you are present. It’s as simple as that. When you become annoyed at something or someone, witness that emotion. ‘Seeing’ yourself becoming angry actually ceases the process of becoming angry all together. Sometimes I’ll even find myself laughing, when I catch my Ego (I will go into this in future posts, I’m sure) emanating thoughts of frustration or complaint.
From this perspective, it is clear that you are separate from these thoughts. If you let them become you, you reflect these negative emotions and you become miserable. Others will begin to notice – it’s certainly not an attractive trait.
If negative thoughts come, step back. And from the depth and calm of your inner most consciousness – the true self – watch them, smile at them, and see them leave.
Just a short one!