I started re-reading the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I first got this book when recommended to me after attending a meditation class geared towards performing artists a few years ago. I went in completely skeptical, but the class ended up being one of the craziest experiences of my life. People would play, relax, inner focus, play again. Some classmates were crying, laughing uncontrollably, and the 2.5 hours went by in what felt like seconds. While re-reading the book, I noticed alot of paralells to Inner Game because recently I have not been able to get that voice in my head to stfu. Here are some quotes... What is the greatist obstacle to experiencing reality? Identification with your mind, which causes thought to be compulsive. Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction...This incessant inner noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness. The compulsive thinker, which means almost everyone, lives in a state of apparent separate-ness, in an insanely complex world of continuous problems and conflict...Thinking has become a disease...Have you found the "off" button? Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, the old records that have been playing in your head for many years. Listen and observe that voice. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, doing so would mean that the same voice has come in through the back door. I would say that about 80-90% of most people's thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. This chapter then goes on about how your thought process can impact your view of yourself and your interactions with people and the world around you. It forces you to identify and derive a sense of self from the content of your mind. To me, this clearly links to Inner Game and Narc. Incantations. Even if I am not feeling well, or zone out, I cut off whatever thought I am thinking with "I am the Man," or something along those lines. If I am doing something mundane and start to worry about the future I think that whatever I am doing is the best thing in the world (even if it isn't.) It is alot more difficult to train the mind than I expected. I went out last night and was feeling great about going out, then for some reason, when I pulled up to the bar, almost had a panic attack. This has never happened before but tells me I have some gaps in Inner Game and my thought process. Being able to get a grip on myself, and observe my emotions and change my thoughts really helped. If anyone has read this book, or has any more insight into using thought effectively, feel free to add.