It doesn’t matter if you prefer fiction, fantasy, history or self-help – This one of a kind novel is sure to change your way of thinking, change your life in one way or another – or maybe change you as a person.
But before we bring forth some of the brilliant ideas brought forth in this book, we’re going to throw a few deep thoughts your way.
No pun intended – but have you ever thought about how weird ‘thinking’ actually is?
In just a minute … 30 seconds … 5 seconds, a dozen thoughts are racing through your mind at any given moment, jumping neurotically from one to the next to the next – taking you on a wild ride you never agreed to go on in the first place!
These thoughts don’t always bring us to the most joyful or positive places, which is what author Michael Singer aims to rectify in The Untethered Soul.
In his book, he talks about “falling behind” the anxious thoughts that so often arise in our minds:
“When you start to see this stuff go on inside you, relax your shoulders, relax your heart, and fall back behind it. Don’t touch it. Don’t get involved in it. And don’t try to stop it. Simply be aware you are seeing it. That is how you get out. You simply let it go.”
He talks about how the “voice” inside of our heads doesn’t actually belong to us – but rather belongs to someone who happens to live inside your mind … inside the vessel you were born with:
“Basically, you’re not alone in there. There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. There is you – the awareness, the witness, the center of your willful intentions; and the other is that which you watch. The problem is, the part that you watch never shuts up. If you could get rid of that part, even for a moment, the peace and serenity would be the nicest vacation you’ve ever heard.”
He encourages readers to take a moment and listen to that voice, leaning away from the chatter – ultimately recognizing it’s not actually you.
“Thinking is something you watch the mind do. Withdraw your attention and the thinking mind falls away.”
Ponder that one…
More or less, Singer advises readers to go through life without getting sucked down into the drama our minds create.
“There are no decisions, there is only interaction with what is in front of you. Decisions come because you have attachments, desires, and fears. The only thing that will help you is to let go. If you let go of your stuff, there are no decisions – there is just life.”
We especially love when he widens the lens and challenges us to go even deeper with this notion:
“Why should anything that anyone says or does cause you to get disturbed? You’re just on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. You came here to visit for a handful of years and then you’re going to leave. How can you live all stressed out over everything? Don’t do it.”
He reminds us there is nothing in this life worth closing our hearts over, and that we must take advantage of every moment on this earth – make the most out of life, stressing the single most important thing during our time here is being happy.
Possibly his most powerful question in the book —
“Do you want to be happy or not?”
This truly is the basis of this novel – and something we all should be asking ourselves each and every day. No matter what has happened in your life, what’s currently happening, or what’s about to happen – you can still live a life filled with joy.
The choice is yours, friends!