eckhart tolle

The neuroscience of now

Some esoteric or spiritual authors say that in order to be more enlightened and awakened you need to be more present, and you to release yourself from the desires of the ego – an essentially Buddhist point of view – so that you are able to see things as they really are.

From a neuroscience point of view there is some merit in this, and let me explain how. First of all we segment the brain to a number of functional areas. The first split would be the planning and executive function part of the brain (the frontal and pre-frontal lobe), next would be the processing areas (the parietal, temporal and occipital lobes), then attentional part of the brain (the brain stem and reticular activating system) and then the emotional part of the brain (primarily the limbic system).Read More »The neuroscience of now

Where are you now?

I have been reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” I was wondering how I could begin to introduce some of my thoughts on the book to my kungfu class. I then thought to ask a simple question; “where are you now?”

Tolle differentiates between clock time and psychological time. I was beginning to wonder, if we are always in the “now” what happens to goal setting. He places goal setting in “clock time”. Remember when you asked me the question about happiness and I answered “when I am …”, I was in psychological time, and I have been living in the “future”. I remember saying to a friend that I missed 15 years of my life because I was always thinking about “when I get … then …”. I had anchored happiness to an ego need (to have my masters degree, or to own a BMW Z4 and so on).Read More »Where are you now?