Have you ever looked at a dog sleeping, or just strolling along the street without a care in the world, and wanted to switch spots for a moment? Dogs, and all animals for that matter, are very good at being present. Living fully in the present moment, they don’t care what happened five minutes ago (or don’t remember) and they are not stressing about what’s to come later on. They live in the now and because of it, they lead pretty peaceful lives without the constant stream of thought that we humans have mastered.
I often look over at my dog Benny who sleeps in my office while I work and I wonder what he’s dreaming of. I assume birds, rivers and garbage. But it gets me thinking about how one can really learn and master being present and non-resistant of what is. One man who spends his life teaching others how to quiet their minds and live in the present, is Eckhart Tolle. I discovered Eckhart years ago and I’m still learning from him today. He has the ability to make you realize how ridiculous it is to take yourself and your surroundings so seriously, and what a detriment that can be to your happiness and well-being.
If you struggle with anxiety, depression, negative thinking, or just simply living too much in your head, this is someone you should to get to know. Check him out.
So here is to a wonderful week being positive, present, and non-resistant to what is, no matter how crappy the moment seems to be.
“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.”