In “15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently” #13 addresses the slippery slope between staying present in the moment enough to be focused and effective in our work there, and still allowing our mind and heart and spirit to range on ahead to dream up new wonders we can feel excited and inspired by.
In exploring the delicate balance between present and future, the article’s authoress shares a complex-sounding (albeit wise) quote by Eckhart Tolle: “When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek yourself in it and mistake it for who you are.”
People like Eckhart Tolle can say things like this without getting confused by them because they have unwrapped their own minds, studied them, made friends with them, put boundaries around them, wrapped them back up, and put them back in their place.
The rest of us are most likely left scratching our heads….”the mind in itself is a wonderful TOOL?”
I will never forget the first moment I was confronted with the fact that I AM NOT MY MIND. I was like – huh?!? In the same way, I remember the first time I told one of my mentees that she is not her mind. I’m not sure she has figured that one out yet, actually.