You are not your Mind / Du bist nicht dein Verstand / Você não é sua Mente / No eres tu Mente

Your mind is a funny thing. On one hand, it is awesome, on the other, it can pulverize you more quickly and ruthlessly than anything else. Your mind is inherently scared. That is its job, to be cautious, to keep you alive, to have you cross roads safely and not get eaten by a lion. But left unchecked, it can become paralyzed with fear and meaner than a cornered crocodile. And it is incredibly bossy.

The mind’s tendency to want to control is so strong and so habitual that you often do not realize when it tries to push your inner wisdom and natural sense of ease and Love aside. The bad news is there is no book or course that will change the nature of your mind. The good news is, you do not have to change it. The problem is not your mind but how you use it. You feel anxious, fearful, sad, or resentful when you give your mind too much power, when you follow its ideas against your better judgment.

Your mind is smart. Not wise smart but computer smart. Your mind is not into all that woolly intuition jazz. It wants facts. It likes making calculations. Running the odds. The logical way is listen to experts or copy what works for other people. Your mind loves this. Your mind wants to be liked and it thinks everything is important. Your mind is certain you have to intervene. You do not. Your mind thinks it knows best. It does not.

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. All the things that truly matter – beauty, Love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind.

Eckhart Tolle

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