The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a great piece which I believe can relate to a lot of people. He starts off with interesting way on page 3 waking up in dread then proceeds to talk as if the world is nothing to him and everything is meaningless while questioning his own existence. I believe he does this as to start his point about what life has in stored for you. The objective of this book is to guide us to find our true self. I like the idea of one level recognize what is false within you and to not let it manifest. Another idea is to free yourself from you mind and maintain and enlighten state everyday(pg 8). It seems to me Tolle is saying we are being trapped and limited as well which is stopping us from obtaining happiness. He even uses the definition from buddha as enlightenment “the end of suffering” even if he sees it as an incomplete definition, I personally like this definition because I see enlightenment as like an awakening of new knowledge so there wouldn’t be errors or fails to certain things.
George, this is a good start — I’d love to see you flesh out your ideas further, especially as they relate to freedom from the mind and enlightenment (and the connection between the two). (Also, make sure to cite correctly in MLA style: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_in_text_citations_the_basics.html)