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25 Eckhart Tolle Quotes to Inspire You to Live the Present Moment

25 Eckhart Tolle Quotes to Inspire You to Live the Present Moment

Eckhart Tolle is a modern personal development teacher who is best known as author of the remarkable books The Power of Now and A New Earth. At the age of 29, Tolle went through an inner transformation caused by a depressed childhood. After that, he devoted himself to total understanding, as well as integrating and deepening that transformation. This marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.

At the core of Tolle’s teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that seems the central important part of human and global transformation and evolution. The basic approach of this awakening lies in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. His approach began with the core question ‘Am I one or two?’

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Tolle’s inspiring quotes related on awakening present moment awareness provide better transformation leverage when they are affirmed and applied. Some of his quotes are shared below.

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  1. Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
  2. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
  3. Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it
  4. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.
  5. Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.
  6. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future,— which, of course, can only be experienced as the Now.
  7. To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment.
  8. 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.
  9. You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.
  10. Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
  11. You find peace, not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
  12. Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.
  13. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.
  14. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
  15. Sometimes, letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
  16. Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
  17. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.
  18. Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” and find that there is no death.
  19. Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
  20. Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.
  21. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
  22. All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.
  23. Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance.
  24. The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.
  25. All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being.

Featured photo credit: Eckhart Tolle in the Now/Surian Soosay via flickr.com

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7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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