Sunday, December 28, 2008

Are you a "waiter"?

How much of your life do you spend waiting? "Small scale waiting is waiting in line at the post office, in a traffic jam, at the airport or for someone to arrive, to finish work and so on. "Large scale waiting" is waiting for the next vacation, for a better job, for the children to grow up, for a truly meaningful relationship, for success, to make money, to be important, to become enlightened. It is not uncommon for people to spend their hole life waiting to start living.

Are you a habitual "waiter"?

Waiting is a state of mind. Basically it means that you want to future, you don't want the present. [...] With every kind of waiting you unconsciously create inner conflict between you here and now, where you don't want to be, and the projected future, where you want to be. [...]

There is nothing wrong with setting goals and striving to achieve things. the mistake lies in using it as a substitute for the feeling of life.[...]

So give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting... snap out of it. Come into the present moment.

[quoted from "The Power of Now" book, by Eckhart Tolle]

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