A constant stream of thoughts that fizz and bounce until they’re resolved, parked or batted around for the whole day.
It’s the nature of being human that we are both blessed and cursed with this never-ending torrent of rational (and irrational) thoughts, like chopped vegetables flying around a Nutribullet.
Where’s the next piece of work coming from? How much money am I owed? What if the economy takes a nose dive? What did the client mean by that? Am I good at what I do?
Eckhart Tolle is widely recognised as one of the most original and inspiring spiritual teachers of our time. Author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world in 2011.
Eckhart Tolle tells us that these myriad thoughts we have each day are misleading.
They distract us from living in the present by dwelling on the past or the future and pretty much ignoring what’s going on with us right here, right now.
By calming our minds and connecting with our inner sense of just “being”, the theory goes, we also connect more directly with the universe itself.
And familiar to anyone who practices Mindfulness or Meditation.
But it can be pretty hard to capture your connection to the universe when the phone’s ringing off the hook, your message alerts are pinging every second and the train’s delayed for the umpteenth time this week.
But my dog helps.
She’s never dwelling on what happened last week. She isn’t worried about what anyone’s thinking about her. And she doesn’t write incessant to do lists.
She’s just “being”.
Because she doesn’t know how to do anything else.
Of course, she doesn’t have to earn a living and she doesn’t have the responsibilities to others that we do.
But if I want to really “feel” the perspective that Eckhart Tolle extols, rather than trying to force my mind into feeling a state of “just being”, I only have to imagine her.
She has lived her entire life “just being”.
She won’t have regrets.
She’ll never wonder if all that time spent at work was worth it.
She won’t worry whether she lived the life someone else wanted for her, rather than her own.
She won’t think about career progression and office politics.
She’ll just be herself.
And isn’t that what we always say we want to be?