Presence of Light

Every Friday I post an inspirational quote from Eckhart Tolle’s books. He is a spiritual teacher. He is an author who has published many books teaching and encouraging us to be more mindful. He has even appeared on Oprah Winfrey talk show.

“In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. Ni unconsciousness, no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot survive in the presence of light.”

-Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now

In this passage he talking about how us being more mindful can provide us with so many benefits. It can help remove darkness and uncertainty in our lives. When we begin to focus on ourselves and staying in the moment, that is when our lives will truly begin to change, for the better.

When our mindset begins to shift into the present, we tend to forgive our past and everything that has happened up until this point, and we learn not to be anxious about the future, we start to notice the small things in our lives. Like the smell of roses, the sounds of the birds, wind blowing through the leaves, the rain. I feel like once we start to observe the small things in life, it would help us have a calmer mindset, which will help us find the answers to our problems.

Happiness – Eckhart Tolle

What I love about Eckhart Tolle, is that he really makes you want to stay in the present. It makes me more aware of my emotions and feelings. I have noticed that whenever I focus less on the past and future, I am more at peace with myself. I am more relaxed, as well.

“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”

-Eckhart Tolle

Focusing on the present moment instead of allowing yourself to be dragged down by your past, or allowing yourself feel anxious about the future, is beneficial to a happy life. You allow yourself to be more relaxed and calm. Being calm will help you make wiser and better decisions. This is how you make your life work for you.

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.

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.

Stillness – Eckhart Tolle

“When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you’re waiting for the elevator – instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.”

This is something I am working on. I enjoy mindful but sometimes it can be difficult but I’m not letting any difficulties stand in the way.

Trees – Eckhart Tolle

“Seek out to a tree and let it teach you stillness.”

This is something I am trying to improve. I have been striving to add more stillness in my life. I used to meditate and practice yoga in the mornings. I would really like to get back into this routine again. I can’t speak for others but this has really helped me.