Even the slightest form of irritation is pain 

December 5, 2023

The Power of Now  by Eckhart Tolle

Actually writing and self-publishing is a better use of my time and energy than going to a writing class.  My so-called writing class is not really a writing class anyway, it is more like show and tell, there is no real writing instruction offered.  The best thing about the class was meeting new and interesting people and for that I am gratefuil.  So instead of going to writing class today I wrote this quick post.  By adding to this post bit by bit throughout the day I am able to entertain myself while learning new concepts.   I have already learned a lot about Google Sites today.  In Sites the title tag is the same as the URL so once you publish a page, you cannot change the title tag or you will display an error 404 message.  In Sites, posts are really just more pages.  The key is to create the correct directories. 

My new study and practice of The Power of Now is going well.  In furtherance thereof, here is my lesson for the day from this master work by Eckhart Tolle.  I have learned from practice that it is best to meditate upon this one thing all day today.  As a result I was able to put this to good use today at the soup kitchen.  The definition of emotion is disturbance.  Tolle is correct when he writes that "even the slightest form of irritation is pain."     

Emotion Literally Means Disturbance

Introduction to The Pain Body

" . . . don't seek to become free of desire or "achieve" enlightenment. Become present. Be there as the observer of the mind. Instead of quoting the Buddha, be the Buddha, be "the awakened one," which is what the word buddha means.

Humans have been in the grip of pain for eons, ever since they fell from the state of grace, entered the realm of time and mind, and lost awareness of Being. At that point, they started to perceive themselves as meaningless fragments in an alien universe, unconnected to the Source and to each other.

Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind, which is to say as long as you are unconscious, spiritually speaking. I am talking here primarily of emotional pain, which is also the main cause of physical pain and physical disease. Resentment, hatred, self-pity, guilt, anger, depression, jealousy, and so on, even the slightest irritation, are all forms of pain. And every pleasure or emotional high contains within itself the seed of pain: its inseparable opposite, which will manifest in time.

Anybody who has ever taken drugs to get "high" will know that the high eventually turns into a low, that the pleasure turns into some form of pain. Many people also know from their own experience how easily and quickly an intimate relationship can turn from a source of pleasure to a source of pain. Seen from a higher perspective, both the negative and the positive polarities are faces of the same coin, are both part of the underlying pain that is inseparable from the mind-identified egoic state of consciousness.

There are two levels to your pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain from the past that still lives on in your mind and body."   

-The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle.

"The pain that you create now is always some form of non acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering - and free of the egoic mind."

-The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle