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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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6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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