This page is dedicated to the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. I have selected my favourite sections from his talks and writings. I hope you will find them as helpful, and often deeply transformational, as I have.
Eckhart Tolle (left) with the Dalai Lama and Ken Robinson
Quotes by Eckhart Tolle
Here is a selection of my favourite quotes by Eckhart. This also included several longer passages from The Power of Now.
~ Offer no resistance to the present moment.
~ When you accept what is, every moment is the best. That is enlightenment.
~ Allow what is and see what happens.
~ To complain is always a non-acceptance of what is.
~ Wherever you are, be there totally.
~ Everything is honoured, but nothing matters.
~ All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
~ Don’t demand that situations, conditions, places, or people should make you happy, and then you won’t suffer when they don’t live up to your expectations.
~ On a deeper level you are already complete, and when you realize that, there will be playful, joyous energy behind what you do. You will no longer pursue your goals with grim determination, driven by fear, anger, discontent, or the need to become someone. Nor will you remain inactive through fear of failure.
~ Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action – just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come on its own accord (Eckhart’s paraphrase of Karma Yoga from Bhagavad Gita).
~ “One day I’ll make it”. Is your goal taking up so much of your attention that you reduce the present moment to a means to an end? Is it taking the joy out of your doing? Are you waiting to start living? If you develop such a mind pattern, no matter what you achieve or get, the present will never be good enough; the future will always seem better. A perfect recipe for permanent dissatisfaction and nonfulfillment, don’t you agree?
The Best of Eckhart’s Talks
My favourite passages from Eckhart’s talks in audio/video format. I love his wisdom and sense of humour!
The Power of Being Present
Eckhart Tolle – with his adorable sense of humour – describes how our attention is consumed by compulsive thinking and what this does to our state of consciousness. (Love the part about social media..!) He then explains how to get back from being identified with the voice in our head and our personal story to the present moment – the state of alert awareness, which is profoundly liberating.
Dealing with Difficult People
Eckhart’s perspective on challenging individuals in our lives.
Share Your Thoughts
I’d love to hear your opinion about Eckhart’s Teachings. Just scroll down to the comment section further down, I look forward to reading your views. Also, do check out some of the best works of Eckhart Tolle in the section below.
BY LUCIE DUN
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