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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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This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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