My name is Steffen, i’m 20 years old and I live in Denmark.
The last couple of years I have been dealing with dystymi (depression), but then I began to read “The Power Of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, and it immidiatly had an effect on my life. I found out that i was depressed because i kept living in the future and the past. Reading the first two chapters of the book totally made me realize that, and i began feeling happy for the first time in years by spectating the mind and my ego, like Eckhart tells me to do. But then I hit chapter 3, where, as I understand it Eckhart tells me that all of my skills and passions is my ego and not me. That makes me really scared, since I know that i’m good at playing music and I feel I live to write and play. I now feel depressed again. Is there something, that i’m not getting. Do I really have to let go of my passion (not as in not playing music anymore, but as in music is not who i really am)?
@steff8000, Don’t let any author, or person for that matter, convince you that something you love is not worth doing, regardless of how wise they claim to be.
I would assume that what he really meant when he wrote that is to avoid the pride that comes with knowing you are talented at something. As long as you’re making music for the sake of making music, rather than as part of an ego trip, you’re on the right path.