Webwanderer wrote:You’re whole post, and many others that you have written, presume that every writer here must be all things to all people.
I'm not asking that anybody be all things to all people. Write whatever you are inspired to write, I'll do the same.
There are thousands of posts here analyzing and sharing Tolle's teachings to the 99th degree. Plenty for everybody already.
So what's the problem with trying to expand one little tiny corner of this conversation beyond elaborate conceptual teachings, to a more direct path to silence?
If it's silence we want, a simple meditation practise can deliver it. A fact worth considering?
Somebody showed us how to watch our breathing patiently until our thoughts slow, and maybe sometimes stop. We've been to that place once, and thus know how to get there again.
So, what else is needed?
If we sweep aside all the elaborate teachings, and years of endlessly analyzing concepts, we immediately come face to face with a simple moment centered decision.
Be silent, or do something else?
Without the teachings, there is nothing else to do. There is no plan, no progress, no future destination, nothing to analyze, understand, see, achieve or become.
There is only a simple decision. Choose silence and peace, or choose something else.
I'm standing in my kitchen. I open the door to the refrigerator, and grab an apple. Or I don't. I'm hungry, or I'm not. That's all there is to it.
When we're hungry for food, we keep it very simple.
When we're hungry for peace, it could be equally simple.
Our stomach requests food. Our minds request a rest. Both are biological processes that any person on earth can learn to manage.
Please note how we aren't looking for a permanent (ie. future trip) solution to hunger. Thus the solution is simple. When hungry, eat.
If we give up the search for a permanent solution to colliding thoughts, the solution can be equally simple. When thinking too much, slow the thinking down, take a rest.
Webwanderer wrote:This is a forum for dialog, not the church of univesal awakening.
Exactly WW, this forum is for dialog, and I am dialoging.
If the subject here is silence, I'm on topic. If the subject is Tolle, I'm not.
Thanks for the conversation!