Last updated October, 2018.
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The cartoon above is from Tolle's book "Guardians of Being." It's illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, creator of the comic strip MUTTS.
In eight panels, it aptly describes our usual state of being: lost in compulsive thinking.
This compulsive thinking is the foundation for the struggles we all face:
The only thing I would change about the message in the cartoon is the last panel - instead of "Shtop (stop) thinking" I would say
"Stop getting caught up in mental drama." Or, "Stop following your mind wherever it leads."
This is the essence of mindfulness and meditation. They are practices that allow you to strengthen awareness of your mind and its non-stop activity. They help you develop the skill of observing it all without getting caught up in it. They train you to move your attention away from the mental noise and drama instead of indulging it.
As such, you are no longer held hostage by the next thought, emotion, or urge that pops into your head.
And, you can begin chipping away at the conditioned behavior (habitually reacting to everything with desire or aversion) that creates the struggles in your life.
Address the root cause.
"An owner's guide to the mind" is an exploration of your compulsive mind, and how to end the struggles it creates in your life. "Path to realization" is an exploration of who you really are - and, equally important, who you aren't.
Read more about "An owner's guide to the mind".
Read more about "Path to realization".