You Are Not Your Mind

Many, many years ago, during my unintended, weeklong stay in a local hospital, I was placed in a double room with the most cantankerous ol' man I ever did know. Nothin' was to his likin' and nothin' seemed to work our right for him.

His final complaint, as I recollect before he was hauled away, had to do with the air-conditioner. It didn't work! And it was most excruciatingly hot and humid in our room. Of course, he bickered and complained to the aids, nurses, doctors, and anyone else -- I was anyone else. Yet, it didn't help at all.

Me ... I was quiet and on my 'good behavior' and so I just looked and listened. Sometimes I prayed for him, sometimes at him. But he was never gonna change.

Then it happened! He harped at them and demanded he be moved to a room where the air was workin' and doggonnit, they did it. So finally, he got what he wanted. Nevertheless, I heard his condition got even worser than before, and I just can't imagine why!

In the meantime, they rounded up another roommate for me. Now if that former gent was ill tempered and quarrelsome (and he was!), then this newly acquired patient was about as far-fetched in the opposite way as could possibly be.

He was appreciative of the slightest gesture of assistance. This gentle ol' guy was graciously polite and thankful for everything and everybody. With that pleasant, most tranquil temperament of his, he changed the stuffiness in that room real quick. Me ... I just kept on looking and listening. I was on my 'good behavior', you know. What a trip it was, and what's more, somebody came in and turned on the air-conditioner. From sour grapes to sparkling wine ... that's just what it was like! Wow!

Some people seem to possess such a contented state of mind that we assume they were miraculously born with it. The truth, however, is that anyone can grow and change, if he or she is ready and willing, and has a little support. 

"You are not your mind. So the most vital step 
on your journey toward enlightenment is this:  
learn to  dis-identify from your mind. Your mind 
is an instrument, a tool. Most people's thinking is 
not only repetitive and useless, but because of its 
dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it 
is also harmful.  It causes a serious leak of energy.
Time and mind are inseparable.  he present moment 
holds the key to liberation.  But you cannot find the 
present moment as long as you are your mind."

--  Eckhard Tolle, author of The Power of Now

Well, that explains it good. The first fella was not living here in the room, but in his mind. The second gent was right here all the time ... with me. Makes good sense, don't it!

Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
January 1, 2003

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