The Problem of the Day Untethered Soul Book Club Pt 4
We arrive at the end of our Untethered Soul book club with the problem of the day, or problem du jour as I like to call it.
There is so much more I could have talked about with this book but it would go on all year. I chose to end with the problem du jour because I think it fits nicely with the other subjects we've been talking about.
Michael Singer writes:
Location 1309 “Each person has what we’ll call the ‘problem of the day’. This is the thing that is bothering them the most at any given moment. When the current problem isn’t bothering them, then the next one pops up, and when that one isn’t bothering them, the next one pops up.”
Can you relate to this? I certainly can (as you'll see in the video)...
Location 1312 “Your thoughts tend to focus on what is bothering you today. Your thoughts are about the problem, why it is bothering you, and what you can do about it. If you don’t do something about this, it will go on for the rest of your life.”
Location 1340 “You are capable of ceasing the absurdity of listening to the perpetual problems of your psyche.”
Location 1349 “You just stop telling your mind that its job is to fix your personal problems”
Location 1359 “The Truth is, everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything.”
This is big.
Location 1364 “By watching your mind, you will notice that it is engaged in the process of trying to make everything okay. Consciously remember that this is not what you want to do and then gently disengage. Do not fight it.”
Location 1366 “Instead of fighting the mind, just don’t participate in it.”
Location 1368 “The key is to be quiet. It’s not that your mind has to be quiet. You be quiet. You, the one inside watching the neurotic mind, just relax. You will then naturally fall behind the mind because you have always been there. You are not the thinking mind; you are aware of the thinking mind. You are the consciousness that is behind the mind and is aware of the thoughts.
Location 1404 “Now what used to hold you down becomes what wakes you up” <-----!!! This is my favorite quote from the book! :)
Location 1541 “When you are comfortable with pain passing through you, you will be free.”
Location 1992 “The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences. You were not put on Earth to suffer. You’re not helping anybody by being miserable”.
To hear my expanded thoughts on this subject, check out this week's video. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur
This week I would love to know what your thoughts are on the problem of the day...
The 90-Day Screenplay
Attention screenwriters: My writing mentor, Al Watt of the LA Writers' Lab, has published his most recent book, The 90-Day Screenplay. I highly recommend his work to anyone interested in completing a writing project. His classes were invaluable in giving me the tools, motivation and discipline I needed to write my own books. Al is also the author of The 90-Day Novel and The 90-Day Rewrite.
Thank you to all of you for participating in this book club. I have enjoyed your comments and insights immensely.
See you next week! xx
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