Today, I am going to talk about a book called The power of the hour, It can help you solve many problems: how to think too much depression, worry anxiety, etc. The ideas in this book are quite difficult to understand and ok, so please pay attention carefully until the end, with an open mind.
Chapter 1: You are not your mind
Your body is a powerful machine equipped with all the tools, just like any other tool. You must use your tools carefully and then put them back when you are done. If you use any tool nonstop, it will break. It seems like a simple rule. It must be true. However, we always forget to give the most powerful tool a rest.
Our mind. There is a constant conversation in our mind. What will happen if I cant find a job or forgot to pay debts again, I want to pass if I can’t pass the exam, I’m not hungry. What should I eat when I get home? The constant thought is a very dangerous addiction.
We call something an addiction when we can’t tell it you can’t stop thinking. You know where the off button is. If not, then you have addiction and It’s killing you. I don’t mean it metaphorically. Literally, It’s killing overthinking.
It’s the main source of all pain, stress and dissatisfaction. Everyone around us has this addiction and that’s why we think It’s quite normal. However, It’s absolutely not if you see someone talking loudly on the street and you would call it crazy, but just because we non- verbally made our thoughts doesn’t make us much different from that person.
If you think too much, it becomes repetitive, useless and negative. The tool you were put to use will start to use you and you will become a slave to your own mind, the author says you can get rid of overthinking just by paying attention to the time by being present in the present moment.
It’s all you have. You can practice this when you are doing simple tasks. For example, when you are washing your hands, watch the water pour over your hands, feel the smell of the soap. Listen to the sound of the water feel the softness of the towel. At first, it will last very short time and your mind will bring up thoughts of the past or future.
When this happens just watch your mind, don’t judge don’t get angry, just watch. What your mind is doing, watch your mind as if you were watching another person. The author calls this watched the thinker watching the thinker. Soon you realize that you are not your mind. These are two different entities.
Here is your mind, and here is your watching the. If you practice being more present soon. You will laugh at your mind because you will see its tricks to get your attention.
Chapter 2: The become aware of the escape of pain from our childhood
Every time we experience negativity or pain. A part of it, remains within us for when it accumulates and finally becomes a monster. The author calls this pain-body. In some people the pain-body is active all the time and in others there are certain words or things that arouse the body pain. For example. Sometimes you say something simple to someone and he gets very angry and even violent.
You just look at him and you can’t understand why such a simple word made him so angry and I’m sure it happened to you too. Someone says a word and your whole day is ruined. You become very depressed or angry all day. If the emotional reaction is much greater than the events or the words that made you feel bad or angry, then you should know that it is the body of pain.
The body of pain is not you, it is a separate monster that lives in your body and feeds on your attention always tries to identify itself as you, but it is never you.
The body of pain is part of your ego, which is a false identity. That ue has been created based on external experiences. Almost all of us have the body of pain. The important thing is to catch it before it arises and take control. If you are present, you can feel it when it arises.
Sometimes it is a very depressing feeling. Sometimes it will continue and you continue imagining like hitting someone and sometimes It’s fear. So when the body of pain wakes up stay there and look at it, don’t judge it if you don’t analyze it at the moment, you recognize that it is the body of pain and you start looking at it. You can’t control it. By being present, you put on light in the dark and the pain-body cannot live in the light of presence.
If you don’t believe it, let us do a little experiment. I will stop talking for a few seconds and in that period watch your mind and tell me what thoughts come to it. Watch your mind as a cat waiting for a mouse to come out of its hole. So you have some thought, I’m sure you don’t.
Even if you thought something, it probably took you a while before a thought came. This is the power of the hour. This is being present, as you can see. When you are present your mind cannot take control of you.
Chapter 3: Moving deep into now time and mind are inseparable
If you take your mind out of the equation, then time disappears. Imagine there are no humans on the planet and there are only plants and animals.
If you see an eagle and say hey, do you know what time it is the eagle will say now? What do you mean by time is now? The time is now that beyond and past and future are like the moon, the moon does not have its own light. It receives the light of the sun in the same way the past and the future get the light of now.
There is no other time that lives, except the present moment once that we understand this. We can use time as a practical tool. The author calls this clock time. For example, if you want to achieve some goal in a year, then it is time for practical purposes. However, rgo, if you constantly think about the final goal and forget the present moment, you are using psychological time.
Psychological time is the memories of our past and projections for our future. If you are not aware of it, you will end up living in psychological time. The source of all stress is based on thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future I used to live in the future.
I just wanted to get to a point asap because I thought the past sucks and the future will make me happier when you live in the future. You discard the present moment you stop enjoying it.
You start wanting what you don’t have and you don’t want what you already have, which creates a contradiction, and you start hating life how this works in your life. All the work you are doing is a means to reach a destination.
You feel that if you get that job you will feel fulfilled, you feel that if you reach your goal, you will be happier you are always hoping that p do something in order to feel complete. Reaching the destination does not lead to happiness. Let me give you an example: let’s say your biggest goal is to climb everest.
Would you feel happy if the helicopter dropped you on top of everest? I’m sure the answer is no happiness is not about reaching the top or staying at the base of everest happiness. Is in the journey happiness is in the present moment, so just relax manage the present moment in front of you. You will solve the future problem when the time comes.
Don’t let your mind take control if, suddenly, all your problems disappear right now, after a few days, your mind will start creating new problems.
Is this not true to create problems? Our mind needs time, for example, if suddenly a wild animal jumps into your room, it becomes a challenge you might run or get hurt, but It’s not a problem because to solve a problem, you need time for your mind to think about it and identify it as a problem.
If you are still not convinced you can answer this question, can you tell me what problem you have right now, not in an hour not tomorrow? What is wrong with this moment? I am sure that you can’t think of something, because if you had a problem, I would be solving it. Instead of reading this post, the author says that he even received letters from prisoners for life saying that they found freedom in prison.
By asking this question, because these questions make you realize that now you don’t have any problems, what you might have are the challenges or situations that need to be dealt with. This may be difficult to understand, but if you do, it would change a lot of things for you personally.
For me, this part of the book was the moment, so just focus on the now first start being present with small exercises like when you are cooking waiting for the elevator or when you are taking a shower at the moment, you will spend more time in the present, you can also start meditating ten minutes a day which can also help you to see how your mind plays tricks on you very often, theater stops when you are not present in the moment, you realize that you are not present, you become present. This realization is already a great success.