Freeing Yourself

Every Friday I write a passage from Eckhart Tolle’s book. He is a world famous spiritual teacher and he encourages us to be present.

“You may think that you need more time to understand the past or become free of it, in other words, that the future will eventually free you of the past. That is a delusion. Only the present can free you of the past.”

-Eckhart Tolle

In this paragraph of his book, Practicing the Power of Now, he is talking about the only way you can free yourself from the past, is to be present. I would like to think that he wrote this by being inspired from Buddha. Buddha describes enlightenment of ending all suffering. So whenever you find yourself in the present, you are able to find enlightenment. Which you may feel enlightened, although other people may feel it faster than others, and that’s okay. The important thing is, is to not give up. Always bring yourself back to the present moment.

Breaking a Habit

So, I just reading Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It is a great book, so far.

It’s about how to put forth the advice from his previous book into action.

“Make it your practice to withdraw attention from past and future whenever they are not needed. Step out of the time dimension as much as possible in everyday life.”

-Eckhart Tolle

This is something I have been trying to work on in my life. I feel like it’s important to stay in the present. Not only is it important, but it is necessary to live in the present.

Find Yourself

“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You find yourself by coming into the present.”

-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, page 91

What I like about this quote is that he encourages us to be present. Although yes, we can learn things from our past, but when you are truly finding yourself, you should be in the present. Being in the present allows you to see and feel what you truly want in life. I like to spend time being alone with my thoughts, it really helps me concentrate on what I am thinking. It also helps me write and blog better.

I also feel like when you are quiet and still all of the answers come to you. This helps me realize what I should do next. So whenever you feel lost, and not sure what to do next, allow yourself to sit and be still, and listen to your intuition, and you’ll know what to do next.

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.

Clear Thinking

Today I read my daily reading about clear thinking and it reminded of me to release unwanted thoughts and thoughts that aren’t solely on the present. I release thoughts from my past and the future. Mind you it is okay to think about these but all of your thoughts can’t live there. You should focus on the present. Bring your mind back to the present.

You shouldn’t let your past or future blur your thinking of the present.

Today I will release my thoughts of the past and future and embrace in the now.

Be In The Now – Eckhart Tolle

“In today’s rush we think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.”

-Eckhart Tolle

This quote is completely true. In this world we are all in a rush to get to point A to point B that we often forget to stay mindful. But it is important stay in the present.

We often feel the need to always want more, more and more but if we can’t be happy with what we have what makes us think that we will be content with more?

We must stay in the present. Don’t let yesterday’s mistakes, failures take up much space in your thoughts. Learn from it and move on. Don’t let your worries or doubts ruin your today.

Embrace the now! Let everything else go.

What is, is.

“What is, is.

you can’t resist the moment.
whatever is happening, is happening — it just is.

don’t struggle — just breathe and go with the flow.
do something about it if you can, otherwise move on and let go.

this moment is irrefutable;
when you try to resist it — you resist reality itself,
and this is why so many people are stressed.

unfold yourself into each moment
calmly and with great ease;
respond to life and all of its challenges
from a place of mindful repose,
rather than from panic, worry, anger or distress.

when you react without composure,
you unwittingly make matters worse.

find peace beyond opposition;
serenity in the now
— found only by going beyond thought.

this is well-being.
settling into present space and time,
by simply being.”