4/9 "If you want a richer and almost painless life, separate yourself from your mind and focus on your body"
The ego’s power is just one of many reasons that it’s important to separate yourself from your mind and pay closer attention to your body. Indeed, many great teachers have spoken about the importance of focusing on the body rather than the mind.
The mind is responsible for pain.
It produces pain by continually bringing up memories of the past, or by planning for the future, occupying your entire life with regretful memories and anxiety-ridden future scenarios. In doing so, it prevents you from living in the present.
The result is that since you can’t alter the past or the future, you constantly worry about things you can’t possibly change. And that leads to pain.
Clearly, we need to find a way to diminish the mind’s power and reduce some of its control.
By shifting our focus from the mind to the body.
Your body knows what’s best for you. By listening to your body, you can get a very clear sense of what is important in your life. Jesus spoke often about the importance of the body, and used it in many proverbs and allegories; for example, “Your body is a temple.” The stories of his resurrection and ascension to heaven always stress that his body was missing from the grave, and that he ascended to heaven with his body, not just his mind or soul.
Nobody has ever found enlightenment while concentrating on the mind and ignoring the body.
A vivid illustration can be seen in the Buddha’s six-year abstinence (including fasting), which he undertook in order separate himself from his body. The result? He did indeed feel separated from his body, but not more at peace or enlightened. He found enlightenment only after giving up these practices and feeling at one with his body once more Blinkist #thepowerofnow #eckharttolle #knowledge #book #selfhelp #read #enlightenment #wisdom #meaning #tailopez #entrepreneur #bestseller #mustread #instabook #spiritual #spirit #learn #life #love #personalgrowth #bookstagram #body #mind #ego - 2 minutes ago