[You have] become hypnotized into implicitly believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don’t know what it is. You have only covered up the mystery with a label.
Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to god, to the source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it….
The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you. In this way, cleverness may be gained, but wisdom is lost, and so are joy, love, creativity, and aliveness.
Of course we need to use words and thoughts. They have their own beauty — but do we need to become imprisoned in them? (Eckhart Tolle)