Learning from ‘The Power of NOW’

Learning from ‘The Power of NOW’

Written by Julie

Tuesday, 18 July 2006

This book is interesting to me because I get mentally, and then consequently, physically unwell. I am disabled because I have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. And being mentally ill assumes that the problem I have is just a mind one. However, reading this book makes me feel that I am not that much different from the rest of society. Everyone has thoughts and feelings, it’s just that mine are more disturbing, relentless and have a great affect on how I function in society than the average person. However,

I am fighting this and self help or spiritual books are a great way to arm myself with information, tips and strategies to deal with the torturous mental ilnesses. According to this spiritual writer (Eckhart Tolle), everyone could do with freeing themselves from the attachment to their mind. And many spiritual works argue against the philosophical view of Descartes that states ‘I think therefore I am’. There is more to living than thinking says Tolle! However, it is this identification that is causing so many of us problems. We all are used to being bombarded with memories of the past, future predictions and very often miss the present moment. But the spiritual teachers are telling us to learn the opposite. It is the present moment that is the most important. It is being in the present that is what we feel as being alive. What happened yesterday is a stored memory and what is going to happen in the future is an assumption. It is how we feel right now that is our life. So whether I am obssessively thinking or not, I feel that reading the views of spiritual writers help me because I am not as mad as I think I am. I am simply doing what everybody else does but to a greater extremity. Tolle’s advice is to watch your own thinker. Not try to change it but watch your own mind and how it constantly bombards us with past and future thoughts. I did this excersise when I got off the bus and walked the 5 minute journey home. I was amazed at how I am not in the present moment. Simply walking along one street I must have had between 20 and 30 references to past and future thoughts. And as I suffer from alot of anxiety, fear and past trauma, I need to get out of my mind to overcome being ruled by it. Now I am continuing this practise of watching my mind and whenever I am consicous of it, I am learning to say, past or future to myself when instrusive thoughts come up. If I say past then I can then say to myself that there is nothing I can do about that and if I say future I can say that my mind is making assumptions about what will happen. Life is being in the now and I want to learn this to free myself from the trap of the mind. There is more to my life than listening to repetative, negative thoughts and feelings. If I spend my life being ruled by that then I am missing out on what’s around me. It is a challenge but learning new ways of dealing with myself is, what I believe, makes the difference between a mental health survivor and mental health victim. That is not to say that I am not a victim because I have alot of behaviour that is victimised by my illness but I want to fight it and learn to deal with it better so that I can enjoy more of my life and reduce the suffering. I hope I can do this and I wish anybody else well in the pursuit of dealing with the persistent and life threatening illnesses that cause mental distress.

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Friday, 09 February 2007

Here is a list of labels we’ll be looking into and discussing on funny farm soon……….

* Addictions

* Agoraphobia

* Alcohol misuse

* Alzheimer’s disease

* Anorexia nervosa

* Antidepressant drugs

* Anxiety

* Bipolar disorder

* Bulimia

* Cognitive behavioural therapy

* Counselling

* Dementia

* Depression

* Eating disorders

* Gender dysphoria

* Insomnia

* Mental health

* Mental health services

* Mental health specialist services

* Munchausen’s syndrome

* Obsessive compulsive disorder

* Panic disorder

* Phobias

* Post-natal depression

* Post-traumatic stress disorder

* Psychosis

* Schizophrenia

* Seasonal affective disorder

* Self-injury

* Stress

* Suicide