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  1. Paul says:

    Ha! I agree whole Heartedly Paul. I will say, though that you have dispalyed a “snap-shot”and it is possible for the heart to teach the brain how to live properly. Great post, as always, my friend.

    1. Paul says:

      I messed up the close on the bold – sorry.

      1. Ha…no worries on the bold…your statements are often bold on their own (sorry, bad joke).

        The longest journey is from the head to the heart. Still on that one daily.

        Thanks Paul for being here.

        Blessings

  2. lucy2610 says:

    Bingo! Been struggling with head thinking all week-end and it sucks. The phrase I kept coming back to is: do you want to be right or happy? Right is ego happy is heart. Thanks Paul as always ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Head thinking always keeps me in self and suffering. I get it. Sorry to hear your week-end was sucky. New day tomorrow, yes? Clean slate. I love that saying…has gotten me out of more resentments than I can count.

      Hope you are well and thanks for the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I had to pause the video of Eckhart to write this bit down: “There are many people in this world who are stuck with hostile, life-denying, continuously critical and attacking [thoughts] that they carry in their heads and that they believe that this is who they are.”
    I think the biggest single step forward I have taken in the last 12 months (six of which sober!) is wrapping my head around this concept, and the idea that I don’t *have* to believe that this is who I am. Not having to believe my thoughts! Wow! Makes me feel like doing a little dance ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. I too get weirded out (in a good way) when I detach from the chatter of my monkey mind. When I hear my mind tell me that I suck or whatnot, I sometimes will say to that voice “thanks for sharing…next.” and actually kind of mean it. I push it away or “walk” away from it. And it relieves me of that burden. It’s amazing how it works.

      Dance away ๐Ÿ™‚

      Paul

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings
      Paul

  4. fern says:

    This is the one of the reasons I find you so appealing! You balance AA with mindfulness. I get a sense of calm when I can get beyond my thoughts and just be. It’s so hard as an addict to let my ego go because I used it as a protective wall. I’m still trying to take that wall down!

    I like Eckhart a great deal. I continually go back to a book he wrote, “The Power of Now.”

    Fern

    1. Thanks Fern. Just being isn’t always easy, but it does get easier. The mind chatter will always be there, but I am learning to not engaging with it.

  5. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Thanks for this today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you for being here…as usual. Glad to be of service ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I just can’t believe biology has got it all wrong with giving all these millions of peoples an ego while it is actually totally useless and rather dangerous. Don’t we need ego e.g. for presenting ourself well at a jobinterview? Apart from currently being overvalued, misused and mislabeled as ‘succes’, isn’t ego just a biological tool to forward the species? Helpfull in the right context? Rather harmfull in the wrong?

  7. stacilys says:

    Hey Paul. This is great. I especially love the pics of the universe. And the one with the big baby at the psych’s office – Classic.
    One pic I have to totally disagree with though, and I can’t believe that a church actually put such a sign up, “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has.” Not true. There’s a part in the Bible that talks about using your mind/reason:
    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your ‘REASONABLE’ service.”
    But I really like this more modern translation:
    “So hereโ€™s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary lifeโ€”your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around lifeโ€”and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Donโ€™t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even ‘THINKING’. Instead, fix your attention on God. Youโ€™ll be changed from the inside out.”
    –We study the works, inventions, discoveries of great scientists from history that were Christians. Scientists such as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Boyle. Not only that, Christians have won a very high amount of Nobel prizes. A study showed that from 1901-2001 72.5% in Chemistry, 65.3% in Physics,[10] 62% in Medicine,[10] 54% in Economics. (if you want to see more, you can do so here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_thinkers_in_science)
    I would say that’s a pretty high population of those that use a good amount of ‘reason’, yet profess to have faith.
    Ohhhhhh, I’m sorry Paul for ranting and taking a Church’s pick so personally. It just picks me though.
    Hope you are well.
    Hugs and blessings.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. jrj1701 says:

      staccilys I had the same problem with that pic, because reason ain’t the enemy of faith, the abuse of reason is, pridefully holding on to faulty reasoning is a hindrance to obtaining faith. I have seen folks accuse others of being selfish when their comfort is being disturbed, and that is an effective means of getting your way is to accuse others and change the spotlight off of self, ego.

      1. stacilys says:

        “reason ain’t the enemy of faith”
        –Exactly. I totally agree. I am a strong feeler, and my hubby a strong thinker. We kind of balance each other out. I have been stretched in my thinking and looking at things on an intellectual level, and not just go by feelings.
        “the abuse of reason is, pridefully holding on to faulty reasoning is a hindrance to obtaining faith.”
        –Totally agree.
        ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. I am glad that the pic garnered a discussion. I had a tinge of *something* when I posted it…part of me knew I didn’t entirely agree with it, but enough to put it up. I don’t know why. But you guys bring up a lot here and perhaps that is what I needed to hear.

          Thanks

          1. stacilys says:

            Big smiles.
            Hope you’re doing well.
            ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Did not know Eckhart Tolle had a channel, Paul, you are always teaching me new things!

    “Feelings aren’t facts” is my sober mantra, I am loving this video, I need to bookmark it to come back to it often!

    Thanks for sharing this, Paul ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Love sharing Eckhart Tolle. I haven’t read all his books, but I do enjoy many of the things he shares.

      Hope you’re well!

  9. I’m with Josie! I MUST remember that feelings aren’t facts. I’m trying to teach my son the exact same thing. My blessed hubby and daughter have the gift of quiet minds. Alas, my youngest and I have constant chatter. Great and informative post!

    1. Seems like some balance in that household of yours…each can learn from the others. I have always had non-stop chatter. I am slowly (and I mean slowly) learning to quiet the mind.

      Thanks for always being here ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. mike says:

    Yep.
    Its all between the ears. All of it. Belief systems are programmed. All of em. Bad data in-bad data out.
    Will the female and or male commenters on this blog please describe the perfect body type? One day, if you are lucky, you will wake up sick of being sick and tired and cast all that drama to the curb. Wanna be born again in this life? You gotta die first. Unfortunately you gotta do it by thinking yourself to death.

  11. My ego trips me up bad…especially in regard to my career. I always want to be the best. I try to remind myself that I am a human being not a “human doing.” I never feel quite good enough.

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