Eckhart Tolle quotes page 2
Consciousness - the way out of pain.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don't interpret. See the
light, shapes, colors, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of
the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don't judge them. Listen to the
silence underneath the sounds. Touch something - anything - and feel and acknowledge its
Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life
energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the "isness" of all
things. Move deeply in the Now.
The Buddha taught that the root of suffering is to be found in our constant wanting
Are you worried? Do you have too many "what if" thoughts? You are identified with your mind,
which is projecting itself into an imaginary future situation and creating fear. There is no way
that you can cope with such a situation, because it doesn't exist. It's a mental phantom. You
can stop this health-and life-corroding insanity simply by acknowledging the present moment.
The peace that comes with surrendered action turns to a sense of aliveness when you
actually enjoy what you are doing.
Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the
joy of just Being.
Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous.
"How" is always more important than "what." See if you can give much more attention to the
doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.
The more the dysfunction of the human mind plays itself out on the world stage, clearly
visible to everyone in the daily television news reports, the greater the number of people who
realize the urgent need for a radical change in human consciousness if humanity is not to
destroy both itself and the planet.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.
To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the
mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.
A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and
self-seeking. In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention
toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep,
unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth.
The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body - to feel it all
times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into
the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes, much like a light that grows
brighter as you turn up the dimmer switch and so increase the flow of electricity. At this
higher energy level, negativity cannot affect you anymore, and you tend to attract new
circumstances that reflect this higher frequency.
And then there is the universal role of adult. When you play that role, you take yourself and
life very seriously. Spontaneity, lightheartedness, and joy are not part of that role.
If the thought of lack – whether it be money, recognition, or love – has become part of who
you think you are, you will always experience lack. Rather than acknowledge the good that is
already in your life, all you see is lack.
Waiting is a state of mind. Basically, it means that you want the future; you don't want the
present. You don't want what you've got, and you want what you haven't got. With every
kind of waiting, you unconsciously create inner conflict between your here and now, where
you don't want to be, and the projected future, where you want to be. This greatly reduces
the quality of your life by making you lose the present.
Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.
Most people's lives are run by desire and fear. Desire is the need to add something to yourself
in order to be yourself more fully. All fear is the fear of losing something and thereby
becoming diminished and being less. These two movements obscure the fact that Being
cannot be given or taken away. Being in its fullness is already within you, Now.
Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is
Don't let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner
Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And
don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting
themselves, so it's their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily
as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something
that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.
If you keep your attention in the body as much as possible, you will be anchored in the Now.
You won't lose yourself in the external world, and you won't lose yourself in your mind.
Thoughts and emotions, fears and desires may still be there to some extent, but they won't
take you over.