Worry – Eckhart Tolle

Today is another Eckhart Tolle Friday! Tolle had an epiphany when he was just 29 years old, which he began choosing inner peace, and later became a spiritual teacher. In 2008, The New York Times Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”. He was also a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show.

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”

-Eckhart Tolle

Tolle is known for being in the now, and doesn’t allow the anticipation of the future or the guilt from past get in his way of living a meaningful life.

So, it makes sense that he would say that worrying is not necessary, and is something that makes it more difficult to stay in the moment. Worrying is a waste of energy, because these things may not even occur, and they rob us of the beauty in this moment.

Learn to not worry so much, and instead focus on this moment instead.

Withholding

It’s another Eckhart Tolle Friday to get the weekend started with wisdom and enlightenment.

“Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.”

-Eckhart Tolle

I really enjoyed this quote because it reminded me to think positively about myself and the things I want in life. This quote I feel, is talking about how we might think that the world may be withholding a positive affirmation from allowing us to feel a certain way. Perhaps you are feeling like the world is pressing down on you and wondering to the universe why you aren’t happy, instead of focusing on the reasons why you can be happy.

I like to believe that whatever you are thinking, you are subconsciously sending out to the universe. So if you want to be happy, you just begin training your mind to simply be happy. The universe gives you what you send out. So don’t ever think that the world is withholding anything from you. All you have to do is change your perception and attitude.

NOW – Eckhart Tolle

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

-Eckhart Tolle

It is silly to waste time regretting the past, and it’s silly to obsess over the future and become anxious about it. All we should think about is this very moment. I say that because who knows what can happen next. That being said, save your energy for the now. Things change so suddenly so all that you were stressing about, may not even happen, so why waste time dwelling over it?

Emotion -Eckhart Tolle

I really enjoy how insightful Eckhart Tolle’s book is. I enjoy reading it. Mindfulness is something I am practicing. I don’t want to have to worry about the past that is already over, and I don’t want to be anxious about my future because it isn’t here yet. The now is where I want to be.

“One of the main tasks of the mind is to fight or remove the emotional pain, which is one of the reasons for its incessant activity, but all it can ever achieve is to cover it up temporarily. In fact, the harder the mind struggles to get rid of the pain, the greater the pain.”

-Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now, page 28

When I was reading this, I related to it instantly. I remember trying to think of ways to remove the pain of something I was either thinking or feeling. It really was like the more I tried to forget about the pain, it felt like the pain was growing bigger. What I had to do, was just lay there and not concrete on the pain, but allow the pain to teach me what I needed to learn. Everything that you go through, teaches you what you are meant to know. The universe is always right. Learn to trust it.

Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle

Last week, I forgot to post my Eckhart Tolle quote, so I will be posting two posts today to make it up. For those who do not know him, he is the author of The Power of Now. It is a book about stillness and being mindful.

“So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger.”

-Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now page 21

What I like about these two sentences is that Tolle is mentioning that whenever we find our minds in stillness, we become more aware of who what we are as well as our thinking. This allows us to have a deeper connection with things and people in our life.

When your mind stops stressing and thinking about the past and future, you learn to become more aware of everything that is going on around you,

In the book he uses Buddha’s definition of enlightenment, which in simple terms, the end of suffering.

Watching the Thinker -Eckhart Tolle

Hi there! Welcome back to another Eckhart Tolle Friday.

Eckhart Tolle is the author of Power of Now. It is a book about how to practice mindfulness. It is an amazing book and it’s one of those books that makes you think.

“The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. You can take the first step right now. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by ‘watching the thinker’, which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.”

-Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now, page 18

When I was reading this paragraph, it really spoke to me. Because sometimes my mind tells me I should do something like take a shower the minute I wake up instead of taking one later. And whenever my mind tells me to do that, my boyfriend would tell me that his coworker (who is also my sister’s boyfriend) wants to know what my afternoon plans because they finished work early and invited us over for dinner. I would only be given 10 to 15 minutes to get ready. I would be glad that my instincts told me to take an early shower since it would be one less thing for me to do when I get back home.

Although, sometimes my mind tells me more serious things like what I should do career wise. I find when I meditate, I receive a lot of answers that I am seeking.

What I find helpful is when you learn to quiet the mind, the answers find you. Meaning if you stop worrying about trying to always think of the answers, let the answers to come to you, instead.

Mindfulness may take time to get use to. My suggestion is start small. Begin or end the day with five minutes of sitting still, silencing your mind. And then when you have mastered that, you can begin to your increase your time of practicing stillness. Only you know when you are comfortable to increase your time. So there’s no need to put yourself down for not mastering 45 minutes of stillness on your first attempt. I’m sorry to say, but that isn’t a realistic approach.

The answers that you are seeking, may or may not come to you right away, and that’s okay. Just know your answers always come to you at the right moment when you need to know.

What If?

As I was rereading all of my blog posts, I really liked Eckhart Tolle Fridays. So I am going to be doing this every Friday again.

To be honest, I have to pick up The Power of Now again. I know this time for real, I will finish it. It’s a really moving book at times. I get lost pondering what he has said. I also really want to finish it this book because a friend suggested it to me and I have his second book.

“Are you worried? Do yo have many ‘what if?’ thoughts? You are identified with your mind, which is projecting itself into an imaginary future situation and creating fear. There is no way that you can cope with such a situation, because it doesn’t exist. It’s a mental phantom. You can stop this health and life-corroding insanity simply by acknowledging the present moment. Become aware of your body. Feel your inner energy field. All that you ever have to deal with, cope with, in real life — as opposed to imaginary mind projections — is this moment. Ask yourself what ‘problem’ you have right now, not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future —- nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.”

-Eckhart Tolle

I love this quote because it reminds us that we shouldn’t be anxious our future and that we don’t have to look at our past with shame. But he is encouraging us to stay in the present, because that’s all that we have.

Relationships

“So whenever your relationship is not working, whenever it brings out the ‘madness’ in you and in your partner, be glad. What was unconscious is being brought up to the light. It is an opportunity for salvation. Every moment knowing of that moment, particularly of your inner stare.”

-Eckhart Tolle

I love this quote and it relates to my relationships at the moment.