Many of us experience pain. Worry. Agony. Suffering. And we look for freedom from these things.
Eckhart Tolle, in his book The Power Of Now, defines enlightenment as the freedom both from suffering and from incessant thinking. He teaches that if we can disassociate ourselves from our mind -- if we can take a step back and view our mind as a separate entity and observe its thinking without opinion or judgement -- we can become fully present, allowing ourselves to enjoy the moment we are in, and with time and practice, resolving the aforementioned issues.
"Being the observer" also applies to our emotions. And by bringing them into our conscious awareness, Tolle believes that they then have the opportunity to resolve themselves.
What do you think?