“Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.”
– Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, p. 12
Can you turn off your internal voice?
I don’t know about you, but I wonder how much of me is really me, and how much of it is out there subsisting by dint of an internal dialogue.
I have read a slew of material on the power of positive thinking but, ultimately, it all falls away. One goal feels like the next.
For a long time I thought that I could programme my mind in such a way to alter my behaviour. Think positive and all that anodyne material.
But, no longer.
It’s not that I’ve set my sail to adopt a different mantra. It’s simply that I’ve no mantra.
My creed is about being.
I live for now. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Perhaps none of this will make sense, particularly given my writings on social media and the pulsating message to get better. But, in time, through my writing, speaking and connection, I hope to demonstrate that being the most of you will never arise through the pursuit of more. It will only come about when we find a way to quiet the internal voice.
Of course, this path is well worn – it’s centuries old in fact – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to see the world through a different lens to the one conditioned of old.
For now, ask yourself how much of you is the internal voice, and how much is out there waiting to be discovered.