Eckhart Tolle says that one of our main causes of stress is our inability to live in the now. According to Tolle, the ego, sees the present moment only useful as a means to an end.
"It gets you to some future moment that is considered more important, even though the future never comes except as the present moment and is therefore never more than a thought in your head."
In other words you are never fully here, in the moment, because you are always busy trying to get elsewhere.
He says that the ego treats the present moment as if it were an obstacle to be overcome which leads to the main causes of stress.
The following information is taken from "The New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle.
This pattern of thinking by ego, leads to impatience, frustration, and stress in our culture. For many people this type of thinking is everyday reality - their normal state.
You may feel that all your problems need to be solved before you can be happy, fulfilled, or to really start living.
There's a problem with this way of thinking: for every problem solved, another one props up. As long as the present moment is seen as an obstacle, there can be no end to problems.
Then you are arguing with what is, arguing with that which is already the case.
You’re making "Life into an enemy" says Tolle. External reality which always reflects back to you your inner state, is then experienced as hostile.Find more information about Eckhart Tolle's teachings at his website.
You will solve your causes of stress through acceptance and enjoyment.
Acceptance of What You Do:
If you can neither enjoy nor accept what you do – stop doing it. Otherwise you are not taking responsibility for the only thing that really matters: your state of consciousness.
And if you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.
Enjoyment From Within:
Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep inside you. The misconception that joy comes from what you do is normal, and it is also dangerous, because it creates the belief that joy is something that can be derived from something else, such as an activity or thing.
When you look to the world to bring you joy, and happiness, you will live in constant frustration because the world is not giving you what you need.
You will overcome the main causes of stress when you start enjoying any activity in which you are fully present, and enjoying the doing not the outcome.
Aliveness is who you are. When you enjoy doing something, you are really experiencing the joy of Being. That’s why anything you enjoy doing connects you with the power behind all creation.
Practicing Spiritual Awareness
Make a list of all the routine activities that you perform frequently. Include activities that you may consider uninteresting, boring, tedious, irritating or stressful. But don’t include anything that you detest or hate doing. That’s a case for acceptance or stopping what you are doing.
The list may include traveling to and from work, buying groceries, doing your laundry, or anything that you find tedious or stressful in daily work.
Joy of Being
In overcoming the main causes of stress, you find the joy of Being in what you are doing. If you feel that your life lacks significance or is too stressful or tedious, you are letting your ego take over and you haven’t brought consciousness into your life yet.
Being conscious in everything you do has to become your main goal.
The new earth arises as more and more people discover that their main purpose in life is to bring the light of consciousness into this world and so use whatever they do as a vehicle for consciousness.
The joy of being is the joy of being conscious.
When awakened consciousness takes over from ego and begins to run your life, you will have defeated the main causes of stress and you may find that an activity that you have been engaged in for a long time naturally begins to expand into something much bigger.
Some people who, through creative action, enrich the lives of many others simply by doing what they enjoy - what they are passionate about - without wanting to achieve or anticipating the end result. Such people may be musicians or artists, or writers.
Tolle says that an enlarged image of yourself or a vision of yourself having particular things are all static goals and do not empower you. Instead, make sure that your goals are dynamic, and point towards an activity that you are engaged in where you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole.
He wants you to see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives and to feel how that activity enriches or deepens not only your life, but that of countless others.
This implies that your goal or vision is then already a reality within you, on the level of mind and of feeling. Enthusiasm is the power that transfers the mental blueprint into the physical dimension.
This mental blueprint is the creative use of mind, and that is why there is no wanting involved. You cannot manifest what you want; you can only manifest what you already have.
Jesus gave the key to the creative use of mind and conscious manifestation when he said,
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