The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.— Eckhart Tolle
The most delightful Eckhart Tolle quotes that will activate your inner potential
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.
When you complain, you make yourself a victim.
Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it, all else is madness.
If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you", that will be enough.
Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love - you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.
It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.
The past has no power over the present moment.
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.
The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. You are not separate from it, and there is no objective world out there. Every moment, your consciousness creates the world that you inhabit.
People don't realize that now is all there ever is; There is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.
You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are life.
You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
Do not pollute your beautiful, radiant Being nor the Earth with negativity.
Do not give unhappiness in any form whatsoever a dwelling place inside you.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.
We have forgotten what rocks and plants still know - we have forgotten how to be - to be still - to be ourselves - to be where life is here and now
Watch the clouds. They will teach you about the world of form.
Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.
Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.
The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body - to feel it at 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.
As you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change.
Whatever the present moment contains, embrace it as if you has chosen it.
Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not 'yours,' not personal.
They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.
If your relationship to the present moment is not right - nothing can ever be right in the future - because when the future comes - it's the present moment.
You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes.
If you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength. This spiritual truth is diametrically opposed to the values of our contemporary culture and the way it conditions people to behave.
Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises.
Once you have identified with some form of negativity, you do not want to let it go, and on a deeply unconscious level, you do not want positive change. It would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or hard-done by person. You will then ignore, deny or sabotage the positive in your life. This is a common phenomenon. It is also insane.
True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.
Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.
As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.
You are here to enable the divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are!
Always work with the present moment, not against it.
Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.
Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior.
You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.
Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.
You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.
The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.
What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am.
'Who am I, then?' The one who sees that.
Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions that you feel. See the link between your thinking and your emotions. Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
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.
As long as you are unable to access the power of the Now, every emotional pain that you experience leaves behind a residue of pain that lives on in you.
The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being.
Important thing to realize is the world is not here to make me happy.
When you don't demand that the situation, or place, or person should make you happy, then actually the situation, place, or person is quite satisfying.
There have been many people for whom limitations, failure, loss, or pain in whatever form turned out to be their greatest teacher. It taught them to let go of false self-images and superficial ego-dictated goals and desires. It gave them depth, humility and compassion. It made them more real.
You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
The pas has no power to stop you from being present now.
Only your grievance about the past can do that.
Gratefulness for what is there is one of the most powerful tools for creating what is not yet there. What does gratefulness mean? It means you appreciate what is. You value, you give attention to, you honor whatever is here at this moment.
The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.
The Truth is inseparable from who you are.
Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time.
Being aware of your breath forces you into the present moment - the key to all inner transformation. Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may also notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing. Conscious breathing stops your mind.
The mind is essentially a survival machine.
Attack and defense against other minds, gathering, storing, and analyzing information - this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
Even if you achieve your outer purpose, it will never satisfy you if you haven't found your inner purpose, which is awakening, being present, being in alignment with life. True power comes out of the presence; it is the presence.