Stillness is one of the major components of living with balance in your life. The question is how to find the stillness in the moment, even as we are rushing around doing all those things that need to be done. The key, it seems, is to not be caught up mindlessly in the mad rush, to remain somehow apart from it, to separate out who you are, even as you are part of it. So you can still be part of it all, without getting lost in it, and losing your balance, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Be Aware of Your Thoughts
Louise Hay author of the famous bestseller You Can Heal Your Life was one of the first to put forth the concept that every illness is a manifestation of unresolved emotions, and negative thoughts.
She says: “for every effect in our lives, there is a thought pattern that precedes and maintains it”. If we continue to hold these thought patterns, it is only a matter of time before they cause imbalance in the various body systems. They literally cause blockages in the circulation, in the endocrine or hormone system, in the digestive system, in the way we breathe, and the ways we eliminate waste from the body. The organs become dysfunctional, and we develop the disease associated with those areas of the body.
The 4 Emotions Responsible for Most Dis-ease
For example, if you are in a constant state of anger, regret and bitterness about past hurts, there is no room for love, kindness, or sweetness in your life. The body never relaxes, never knows peace, never experiences well-being. A body that is in such a state of turmoil, over time will eventually develop disease. Louise Hay says that the four emotions that are commonly responsible for most dis-ease in the body are: anger, guilt, criticism, and resentment.
Being Consciously Aware
The longer these unresolved emotions stay in the body, the more changes our bodies will undergo in an effort to accommodate these uncomfortable feelings. And so, each negative emotion that is stored in the body, predisposes us to physical suffering, which develops into disease, and leads to eventual death. But it doesn’t have to be that way, if we are consciously aware of what is going on.
The Big Questions in Life
Do you ever think, in those saner moments of your day, in the stillness just before sleep, or while driving, or on the bus, when you get a moment of presence to yourself:
- Who am I?
- What am I doing here?
- Will I ever be happy?
- How can I stop worrying and start living?
- How can I feel secure and find some peace in this mad world?
Finding Your Way Back to Balance – the Evolution of Awareness
Recently, I listened to Neale Donald Walsch author of a series of best selling books called Conversations with God.
He was sharing his life story of being a homeless man living in a tent, when he began to think about his life, and he found himself crying out to God for the answers to the “big questions”. In the video, he is speaking with Eckhart Tolle, another man who was once homeless, and author of the The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Stillness Speaks, and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Tolle listened quietly, as Neale told of his time, living in despair, on the street.
But Walsch does something totally unexpected in this video. He confesses that he is lost in his life again, that even the people around him are telling him he needs to read his own books. He doesn’t know how to find the center of the storm. His life has become a whirlwind of activities, and he asks Tolle how do you keep that presence, that you talk about in your books, that stillness, in your everyday life?
Eckhart’s answer is to the point.
In a quiet, unassuming voice, Eckhart reminds him that his mind is still in charge, and that is the problem.
Why is the Mind the Problem?
The mind, if you let it, will step in at every chance it gets, and try to sabotage your life. It will take over and whip you into shape, with feelings of guilt, anger, resentment. It will even pull up regrets from your past. It can tear you apart with its hounding and criticism of you, and everything and everyone else around you. The mind can be a taskmaster, if you are unaware that you can take control of the mind.
Allowed to run rampant, the mind can create such a disruption in one’s life, that many people go into depression, are plagued by anger, shame, low self-esteem, insecurity, hatred, spite, and bitterness. Because they can’t get away from their minds. So much so, in fact, that there is no place for joy in their lives. Listen as Eckhart explains.
Neale Donald Walsch Talks with Eckhart Tolle
Watch the longer version of this video from which this excerpt is taken here:
Finding Stillness – Eckhart Tolle in Conversation with Neale Donald Walsch
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