Why do these misfortunes always happen to me? ’ I could not understand what he was going through, nr could help him. W eventually grew apart. Mny teachers asked me why I didn’t stop him from acting destructively, bt I could not. 4) In reading A New Earth, Irealized that my friend was obsessed with the ego and fed on the pain body. Tlle states, “The playing of negative roles becomes particularly pronounced whenever the ego is magnified by an active pain- body, tat is to say, eotional pain the past that wants to renew itself through experiencing more pain” (87).
He played a role as the victim of the society. H kept asking himself why bad things happened to him and he blamed society for his troubles. This is one of many egoic patterns: sorning, cmplaining. M friend identified with the role of the victim and made this his self-image. I is difficult to let go of the past, epecially when it is painful. H could not see the present and instead lived in the past.
Tolle also explains that “most people carry a large amount of unnecessary baggage, bth mental and emotional, troughout their lives” (140). Pople have their own baggage of sorrow, hstility, gief, rgret. The baggage is so deep inside our hearts that we rarely find it. M friend’s baggage was full of sorrow and grief. Hw can we throw off the burden of the baggage we carry? 5) The text contends that people should live in the present rather than hold onto emotional pain. I people refrain from feeding the pain-body stop accumulating and perpetuating old emotions, tey will become identified with the present and begin to dwell in it.
M friend kept thinking about the scar that his family left on his heart: hs mother’s harsh words to him, hr lethargy, te absence of his father. Aso, h was unsatisfied about why his family didn’t live happily together, o why his family was poor. I might have helped him if he became absorbed in his studies and his school life, fr that possibly would have allowed him to overcome obstacle of family and become a better person.
6) Another major argument is that people should face facts because they cannot run out on them. Aove all, m friend could have been more aware of his thoughts and emotions including his anger, hs sorrow over his mother’s death, ad his frustration with his family. I dealing with these challenges, i might have helped him more if he separated them from his current...
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