I am reading a book at the moment called ‘The Power of Now – a guide to spiritual enlightenment’ by Eckhart Tolle.
It is advertised as a a spiritual guide teaching you how to live in the now and deal with everyday stresses. The author’s prologue states that he is not approaching this topic from any particular religious stand point although he does reference Buddah and the Bible at times. He says your future is created by your thoughts.
I am very interested in his approach, as a lot of these beliefs outlined are in parallel with the outlook of NLP and I believe there could be some advantages to be gained and elements both techniques could work well together.
Tolle speaks of ‘being’. He discusses the use of the word ‘God’ and how that’s not what he is referring to. It has an empty meaning due to years of misuse whereas ‘Being’
has the advantage that it is an open concept. It does not reduce the infinite invisible to a finite identity. It is impossible to form a mental image of it. nobody can claim and exclusive posession of ‘Being’.
The greatest obstacle to experiencing this reality?
Identification with your mind which causes thought to become compulsive. Not able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction that we don’t realise because almost everyone suffers from it so it is considered normal.
This point leapt out at me. Why? Because I have, a long time ago, posted a blog about mental strength techniques that can teach you how to create laser like focus in your sport.
What was this technique?
A technique to enable you to practice emptying your mind and thinking of nothing.
Have a listen to my audio track which enables you to practice a technique called ‘mindless concentration’. This is a taster of what NLP can do for you, have a listen, practice, let me know how you get on.
Tolle say that if you can’t switch your mind off – empty it and stop thinking, you are no longer using it, it is using you.
I will keep reading this great book and report back. 🙂