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579 Inspiring Quotes by Eckhart Tolle

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Wikipedia Summary for Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle ( EK-art TOL-ə; German: [ˈɛkhaʁt ˈtɔlə]; born Ulrich Leonard Tölle, February 16, 1948) is a spiritual teacher and best-selling author. He is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. In 2008, The New York Times called Tolle "the most popular spiritual author in the United States." In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tolle does not identify with any specific religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.

Tolle said he was depressed for much of his life until age 29 when he experienced an "inner transformation." He then spent several years wandering "in a state of deep bliss" before becoming a spiritual teacher. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1995 and currently divides his time between Canada and California. He began writing his first book, The Power of Now, in 1997 and it reached The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000.

The Power of Now and A New Earth sold an estimated three million and five million copies respectively in North America by 2009. In 2008, Tolle joined television talk show host Oprah Winfrey for 10 live webinars, and by October 2009 they had been accessed 35 million times. In 2016, Tolle was named in Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.


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Seek out a tree and let it teach you stillness.

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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.

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Even running to catch a train or a taxi, you can enjoy the high energy of the moment.

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Whenever you feel superior or inferior to anyone, that's the ego in you.

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You can't argue with what is.... Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.

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The essence of every form is the deathless. Even the essence of a blade of grass is the deathless. And that's why the world of form is sacred.

--Eckhart Tolle

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I usually congratulate people when they tell me, "I don't know who I am anymore."

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Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry.

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You get there by realizing you are already there.

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The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.

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All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.

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The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.

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Music bypasses the conceptual mind. Music does not give you food for thought.

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There's something in everybody that longs for that awakening to be more true to yourself.

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Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.

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The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don't realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are.

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Life is an adventure, it's not a package tour.

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Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment, it is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. It also strengthens the immune system and the body's ability to heal itself.

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In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much, and forget about the joy of just being.

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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.

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Jesus said, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.' I think if he lived nowadays, instead of 'kingdom,' he would have said, 'dimension.' And 'heaven' refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness.

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Stressful energy arises when you think some future moment is more important than the present moment, and the doing becomes only a means to an end.

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The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why love and beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.

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Whenever you meet anybody, it is a holy encounter. The primary event is the energy field of presence between you and the other human being that arises. You enjoy it. There is deep joy in the meeting.

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Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.

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To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody's mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history.

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The other person's presence ultimately is the same as your presence, because it is in presence that there is true meeting.

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Because dogs and cats still live in the original state of connectedness with Being, they can help us regain it. When we do so, however, that original state deepens and turns into awareness.

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It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept -- before they will forgive.

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When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently.

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I sometimes say to people, "I am a window frame -- no more. The window frame is not that important. What is important is the light that comes through the window.

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Just be, and enjoy being.

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The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity.

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Be present as the watcher of your mind -- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.

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The ego always looks toward the next moment for some kind of fulfillment.

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It is not necessary to do things in a state of anxiety or anguish. That is not the way to be aligned with life.

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Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is -- no matter what form it takes -- you are still, you are at peace.

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The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.

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Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you.

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Suppression of the feminine principal has enabled The Ego to gain absolute supremacy in the collective human psyche.

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Be present as the watcher of your mind- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations.

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Suffering needs time. It cannot survive in the now.

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The outer purpose belongs to the horizontal dimension of space and time; the inner purpose concerns a deepening of your Being in the vertical dimension of the timeless Now.

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You are not seeking to attain some future state. That is the fallacy of many spiritual seekers. They have an image of some state -- enlightenment, or whatever they call it -- they want to achieve.

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Presence is needed to become aware of the Beauty, the Majesty, the Sacredness of Nature.

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What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.

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To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad.

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Give up defining yourself -- to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life.

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Look at all the conflict between tribes, nations, and religions. They need their enemies, because they provide the sense of separateness on which their collective egoic identity depends.

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Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature.

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Always say 'yes' to the present moment... Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life -- and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.

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You are the Universe expressing itself as a human for a little while.

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The next step in human evolution is to transcend thought. This is now our urgent task. It doesn't mean not to think anymore, but simply not to be completely identified with thought, possessed by thought.

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Every spiritual teaching points to the possibility of the end of suffering -- Now. It is true that most teachers have had to go through the "Dark Night of the Soul," although for one or two it was very, very quick.

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Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting...snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be and enjoy being.

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Time is the horizontal dimension of life, the surface layer of reality. Then there is the vertical dimension of depth, accessible only through the portal of the present moment.

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You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection -- you cannot cope with the future.

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Don't wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.

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Only when you've truly had enough suffering in your life, are you able to say ' I don't need it anymore'.

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You find God the moment you realize that you don't need to seek God.

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What you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.

--Eckhart Tolle

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It is inner stillness that will save and transform the world.

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Past and future veil God from our sight; burn up both of them with fire.

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Be the observer of your mind.

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One conscious breath in and out is a meditation.

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Sustained enthusiasm brings into existence a wave of creative energy, and all you have to do is 'ride the wave'.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Life is the dancer and you are the dance.

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Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body's reaction to your mind -- or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body.

--Eckhart Tolle

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You are the universe expressing itself as a human for a little while.

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Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember. Do that for one year, and it will be powerfully transformative. And it's free.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry -- all forms of fear -- are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.

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I sometimes say animals are closer to God than humans. They are closer to the source. The humans are more lost in the mind forms. Being is more obscured to the human because of the overlay of ego and mental formation.

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Pain is the fuel that lights the flame of our enlightenment.

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If there are people you haven't forgiven, you're not going to really awaken. You have to let go.

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It is as it is. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.

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Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. This is why we may also call it Presence.

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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.

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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.

--Eckhart Tolle

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You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.

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When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally.

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To be conscious of Being, you need to reclaim consciousness from the mind. This is one of the most essential tasks on your spiritual journey.

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I am the hole on the flute that Gods breath flows through.

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Ego-generated emotions are derived from the mind's identification with external factors which are, of course, all unstable and liable to change at any moment.

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Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.

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Thinking fragments reality -- it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.

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Life wants to support you. But first you need to be open to life.

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Die before you die and find that there is no death.

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Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.

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The fact that everyone else is doing it doesn't make it any less insane.

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Work to recognize the primary importance of the present moment. A good little pointer toward that is to ask yourself, "What is my relationship with the present moment? How am I relating to it?

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The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.

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Be alert and present and see that your identity is not from your past story; who you truly are is the alert presence that is inseparable from the present moment. You are this, which has no name and no form.

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People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.

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Look at a tree, a plant. How still they are, how deeply rooted in being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

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The past has no power over the present moment.

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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.

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Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.

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Learn from nature. See how everything gets accomplished and how the miracle of life unfolds without dissatisfaction or unhappiness.

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Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.

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Every morning we awaken from sleep and from our dreams and enter the state we call wakefulness. A continuous stream of thoughts, most of them repetitive, characterizes the normal wakeful state.

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Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.

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Life always is now. Life is inseparable from now.

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Give yourself completely to the act of listening. Beyond the sounds there is something greater, a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought.

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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.

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When you are not making the present moment into a means to an end, you also are not making every human being you meet -- in your business and even at home, in your family -- into a means to an end.

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It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.

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When you are in the present moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future. Then true intelligence arises, and also love.

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You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion.

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Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.

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What could be heavier and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms? And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light.

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Reality is a unified whole, but thought cuts it up into fragments.

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black fishes

The little saying, 'Be still and know that I Am God' ... contains the entire wisdom of religion in those few words.

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There is no separation between being and the manifested world, between the manifested and the unmanifested. But the unmanifested is so much vaster, deeper, and greater than what happens in the manifested.

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The planet will not survive another hundred years of the same state of consciousness that produced the external effects of recent history.

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The vital function that pets fulfill in this world hasn't been fully recognized. They keep millions of people sane.

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We would destroy ourselves and the planet if no change happens, because of the amplification of the egoic state through science and technology.

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Peace comes from being aligned with the present moment. Wherever you are, you feel that you are home--because you are home.

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When there's somebody there who is transparent enough so that the stillness comes through unhindered, there's a reciprocal movement in you because the presence of stillness suddenly recognizes itself.

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Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. … The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.

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Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.

--Eckhart Tolle


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Visualisation works most powerfully when you realize that it is already a reality on the unseen level. It's already there.

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white and blue ice in water

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.

--Eckhart Tolle


seashore during golden hour

Don't wait to be successful at some future point, have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.

--Eckhart Tolle


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Surrendering only refers to this moment, whatever "is" at this moment -- to accept unconditionally and fully whatever arises at this moment.

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When you are trapped in a nightmare, your motivation to awaken will be so much greater than that of someone caught up in a relatively pleasant dream.

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Spiritual teacher" of course is not an identity. "Spiritual teacher" is a function. Somebody comes, the teaching happens. Somebody leaves, there's no spiritual teacher left.

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Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.

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The future is an imagined now, a projection of the mind.

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Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.

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Every human being in the human form has limitations.

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Future success is dependent upon and inseparable from the consciousness out of which the actions emanate.

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If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the 'I' and the 'self' that 'I' cannot live with. Maybe, I thought, only one of them is real.

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The other person's presence ultimately is the same as your presence, because it is in presence that there is true meeting.

--Eckhart Tolle

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People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.

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If you are not living this moment, you are not really living.

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Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger.

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Just as the sun is infinitely brighter than a candle flame, there is infinitely more intelligence in Being than in your mind.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it, although you may not see it at the time.

--Eckhart Tolle

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To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.

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Forgiveness happens naturally when you see that it has no purpose other than to strengthen a false sense of self, to keep the ego in place.

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All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.

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When there is spiritual awakening, you awaken into the fullness, the aliveness, and also the sacredness of now. You were absent, asleep, and now you are present, awake.

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To love is to recognize yourself in another.

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Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes.

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Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time -- surrendered to life.

--Eckhart Tolle


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What is God? The eternal one life underneath all the forms of life. What is love? To feel the presence of the one life deep within yourself and all creatures; to be it! Therefore, all love is the love of God.

--Eckhart Tolle


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When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.

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Forgive yourself for not being at peace.

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Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.

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The decision to make the present moment into your friend is the end of ego.

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In the world of form, everything changes and evolves. So, there was a certain evolution of the teaching. Different pointers came in, different stories, different approaches to the truth, which always is the same.

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Each person's life -- each lifeform, in fact -- represents a world, a unique way in which the universe experiences itself.

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To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment.

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fine trees waving

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.

--Eckhart Tolle

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True creativity flows only from stillness. When stillness becomes conscious, the spiritual dimension enters your life and you begin to be guided by an intelligence far greater than the human mind.

--Eckhart Tolle



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The remnants of pain left behind by every strong negative emotion that is not fully faced, accepted, and then let go of join together to form an energy field that lives in the very cells of your body.

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Don't let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.

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Spiritual awakening -- is becoming awake to the aliveness of this moment.

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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.

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Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can't stand the suffering anymore.

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When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you're waiting for the elevator -- instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.

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For the ego to survive, it must make time -- past and future -- more important than the present moment.

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If the price of peace were a lowering of your consciousness, and the price of stillness a lack of vitality and alertness, then they would not be worth having.

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When this delusion of utter separateness underlies and governs whatever I think, say, and do, what kind of world do I create?

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foggy mountains

In a fully functional organism, an emotion has a very short life span. It is like a momentary ripple or wave on the surface of your being.

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You cannot have a desire to surrender because that's non-surrender. Surrender arises spontaneously sometimes in people who don't even have a word for it. And I know that openness is there in many people.

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blue ocean

The relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy.

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On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a joyous energy behind what you do.

--Eckhart Tolle

palm tree under orange sky

Most people don't know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking.

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mountains covered with fog

The false self lives mainly through memory and anticipation. Past and future are its main preoccupation.

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black and white giraffe on brown grass field

Even my desire to become free or enlightened is just another craving for fulfillment or completion in the future. So don't seek to become free or desire or "achieve" enlightenment. Become present.

--Eckhart Tolle


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The power of now can only be realized now. It requires no time and effort. Effort means you're trying hard to get somewhere, and so you are not present, welcoming this moment as it is.

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When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are.

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You can be very much aware that when you are stressed, it always is a sign you have lost the present moment. So, you can choose to re-enter the present moment.

--Eckhart Tolle


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When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. Now is the key.

--Eckhart Tolle

person holding yellow petaled flower

The thing that gives you power also traps you.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown butterfly perched on flower

True happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things.

--Eckhart Tolle

iceberg near mountain during day

Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion.

--Eckhart Tolle

black mountain under blue sky during night time

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but you thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.

--Eckhart Tolle

old cowboy boots

The moment you become aware of the silence, you also have become silent.

--Eckhart Tolle

lion on green grass during golden hour

The pas has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. For example, "I am ruined" is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. "I have 50 cents left in my bank account" is a fact.

--Eckhart Tolle

palm tree under orange sky

Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space.

--Eckhart Tolle

purple flowers under sunny sky

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.

--Eckhart Tolle


green leafed plant

Above all, know that ego isn't personal. It isn't who you are. If you consider the ego to be your personal problem, that's just more ego.

--Eckhart Tolle



brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

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The truth is: you don't have a life, you are life.

--Eckhart Tolle

grayscale photography of pug

Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown grass on brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.

--Eckhart Tolle

adult black and tan dachshund

Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness.

--Eckhart Tolle

bare tree on mountain during sunset

Quick. say something useful to this person.

--Eckhart Tolle

white and blue ice in water

True salvation is freedom from negativity, and above all from past and future as a psychological need.

--Eckhart Tolle

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Above all, the only thing you have to heal is the present thought. Get that right and the whole picture will change into one of harmony and joy.

--Eckhart Tolle

woman carrying baby while walking

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don't want to be where you are. Here, Now.

--Eckhart Tolle

three clear glass cups

Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.

--Eckhart Tolle

empty gray floor beside pool

To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation.

--Eckhart Tolle

green-leafed trees during daytime

You are not a problem that needs solving.

--Eckhart Tolle

photo of pine tree

Doing is never enough if you neglect Being.

--Eckhart Tolle

pink and green flower painting

Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.

--Eckhart Tolle

green grass field with smoke

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

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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.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Something inside you emerges....an innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of people riding bicycle

Not all thinking and all emotion are of the ego. They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become "I."

--Eckhart Tolle

white brick wall

When you always want the next thing, every human being becomes a means to an end.

--Eckhart Tolle

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Don't take the ego too seriously. When you detect egoic behavior in yourself, smile. At times you may even laugh.

--Eckhart Tolle

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You are not your mind.

--Eckhart Tolle

seashore during daytime

Every challenge takes you a little deeper and awakens you again and again. Without the challenges, you probably would go to back to sleep. The challenges keep you awake.

--Eckhart Tolle


red rose illustration

Nothing that is of real value can be lost, only the false dissolves.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises.

--Eckhart Tolle

foggy mountains

The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

True communication is communion- the realization of oneness, which is love.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue and white light digital wallpaper

Now is all you ever have. There never is anything else. So, you might as well make the now your friend. Otherwise, you are out of alignment with life itself.

--Eckhart Tolle

white and blue ice on water

The teaching arises out of the stillness. But when I'm alone, there's only the stillness, and that is my favorite place.

--Eckhart Tolle



orange and yellow round light

Stress is caused by being "here" but wanting to be "there."

--Eckhart Tolle

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

Let the end of the world be inside you, then you don't need to fear the end of the world out there.

--Eckhart Tolle

green water in close up photography

Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature -- The rustling of leaves in the wind, Raindrops falling, The humming of an insect, The first birdsong at dawn.

--Eckhart Tolle

red flower in shallow focus lens

When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.

--Eckhart Tolle



green and white abstract painting

You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes.

--Eckhart Tolle


blue sky and white clouds

We should purify our innate well of contentment -- what a wonderful expression -- and then external things will be in harmony with us.

--Eckhart Tolle

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately... you usually don't use it at all. It uses you.

--Eckhart Tolle

purple-petaled flowers

Whatever you do, whatever you're working with, whether it's manual work or talking to people or buying or selling, every little thing encompasses the power and simplicity of presence.

--Eckhart Tolle


person standing on rock formation during daytime

The ego says, I shouldn't have to suffer, and that thought makes you suffer so much more.

--Eckhart Tolle


silhouette of stones during golden hour

Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette photography of trees and sky

Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. Death is the opposite of birth.

--Eckhart Tolle


woman wearing gray long-sleeved shirt facing the sea

It is when we are trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking that the universe really disintegrates for us, and we lose the ability to sense the interconnectedness of all that exists.

--Eckhart Tolle

top view of green succulent plants

Become conscious of being conscious.

--Eckhart Tolle

macro photography water drops

We can learn not to keep situations or events alive in our minds, but to return our attention continuously to the pristine, timeless present moment rather than be caught up in mental movie making.

--Eckhart Tolle

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Being must be felt. It can't be thought.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue and white abstract painting

The atoms that make up your body were once forged inside stars, and the causes of even the smallest event are virtually infinite and connected with the whole in incomprehensible ways.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown and black tiger near body of water

The only thing you ever have is now.

--Eckhart Tolle

white tulips with green leaves

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

seashore during golden hour

I don't pray for anything, but I have used affirmations in the past a few times. They are really a bit more like realizations in that on some level they have already happened.

--Eckhart Tolle

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same.

--Eckhart Tolle


time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment. It is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown and white humming bird flying

Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continually pass away.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue and white striped textile

Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.

--Eckhart Tolle

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

The present moment is all you ever have. There is never a time when your life is not "this moment."

--Eckhart Tolle

woman jumping near white wall paint

Most people spend their entire life imprisoned within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow, mind-made, personalized sense of self that is conditioned by the past.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.

--Eckhart Tolle


pair of white lace-up shoes

Don't Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won't find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.

--Eckhart Tolle

red and black floral textile

Man Made 'God' in his own image. The eternal, the infinate, the unnameable was reduced to a mental idol that you had to believe in and worship as 'my god' or 'our god'.

--Eckhart Tolle

yellow green leaf

Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.

--Eckhart Tolle

river in the middle of green and yellow mountains

The primary purpose of life is in being in the NOW.

--Eckhart Tolle

sunflower with sunglasses under blue sky during daytime

Man made God in his own image.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue wall during daytime

You create a good future by creating a good present.

--Eckhart Tolle


black and gray floral textile

If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.

--Eckhart Tolle


elephant on green grass field during daytime

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

--Eckhart Tolle

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If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.

--Eckhart Tolle


pink and white abstract painting

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.

--Eckhart Tolle


depth photography of purple petaled flowers

Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.

--Eckhart Tolle

bird in the sky

Going with the flow" is for some people an excuse for not taking action and it refers usually to one's life situation.

--Eckhart Tolle

yellow green leaf

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue and white abstract painting

Resistance is weakness and fear masquerading as strength. What the ego sees as weakness is your Being in its purity, innocence, and power. What it sees as strength is weakness.

--Eckhart Tolle

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The dog is still in the natural state. And you can easily see that, because you have problems and your dog doesn't. And while your happy moments may be rare, your dog celebrates life continuously.

--Eckhart Tolle

icy mountain scenery

How do you let go of attachment to things? Don't even try. It's impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.

--Eckhart Tolle

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

How' is always more important that ‘what.' See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.

--Eckhart Tolle

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If her past were your past, her pain your pain, her level of consciousness your level of consciousness, you would think and act exactly as she does. With this realization comes forgiveness, compassion and peace.

--Eckhart Tolle



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So the single most vital step on your journey towards enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.

--Eckhart Tolle

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.

--Eckhart Tolle

mountains under orange kies

True listening is another way of bringing stillness into the relationship. When you truly listen to someone, the dimension of stillness arises and becomes an essential part of the relationship.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of trees during nighttime

Your unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind.

--Eckhart Tolle


person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.

--Eckhart Tolle



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We get lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating -- lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. Nature can show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.

--Eckhart Tolle

stars across the sky view at the desert

If people believe the world is here to satisfy them, whenever they begin to encounter their limitations, they become unhappy.

--Eckhart Tolle

purple and blue light illustration

If the only teacher you have is your suffering, you will need a substantial dose of it for the ego to dissolve. But if the power of spiritual teaching is already at work, then a minor event can dissolve the ego.

--Eckhart Tolle

pink petaled flower field

When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of life itself.

--Eckhart Tolle


grayscale photo of rock formation

It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette photography of person

You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.

--Eckhart Tolle


red textile in close up photography

The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: you are the goal. You are the answer. It's never outside.

--Eckhart Tolle

body of water under blue sky during daytime

Stress is a form of suffering. Look at your body and see what stress does to the body and its functions -- what it does to the heart, the circulation, the immune system, the digestive function, the liver.

--Eckhart Tolle

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of praying man

If I find here and Now unacceptable, I have three choices:

1-Totally accept it.

2- Change it.

3-Remove myself from the situation.

That is taking responsibility for my life.

--Eckhart Tolle

empty gray floor beside pool

I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown and white bird on tree branch

Once bliss becomes normal it's no longer bliss, it's just peace.

--Eckhart Tolle


four men sitting beside table

A work of art comes out of a state of deep stillness.

--Eckhart Tolle


green water in close up photography

Pay more attention to the silence than to the sounds. Paying attention to outer silence creates inner silence: the mind becomes still. A portal is opening up.

--Eckhart Tolle

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.

--Eckhart Tolle

lion on green grass during golden hour

When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown rock formation

You need to learn to be with the suffering that inevitably arises in your life.

--Eckhart Tolle


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Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.

--Eckhart Tolle

white pendant lamp

Whatever you think people are withholding from you-praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on-give it to them.

--Eckhart Tolle

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Love is the recognition of oneness in the world of duality.

--Eckhart Tolle

galaxy

The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.

--Eckhart Tolle

city lights from hill

If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.

--Eckhart Tolle

landscape photography of mountain

Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.

--Eckhart Tolle

yellow Labrador puppy running on field

Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents.

--Eckhart Tolle

black textile in close up photography

If we don't change, if the egoic consciousness continues, I don't believe that humanity as a species can survive, or at least human civilization can survive, for another hundred years.

--Eckhart Tolle

green leaf in close up photography

In a fully functional organism, an emotion has a very short life span. It is like a momentary ripple or wave on the surface of your Being.

--Eckhart Tolle


moon near mountain ridge

To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present.

--Eckhart Tolle

tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality.

--Eckhart Tolle

woman singing on stage

Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown desert under sunny sky

To be aware of little, quiet things, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown wooden board

Transcending the world does not mean to withdraw from the world, to no longer take action, or to stop interacting with people. Transcendence of the world is to act and to interact without any self-seeking.

--Eckhart Tolle



brown desert under sunny sky

Form is emptiness, emptiness is form" states the Heart Sutra, one of the best known ancient Buddhist texts. The essence of all things is emptiness.

--Eckhart Tolle

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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.

--Eckhart Tolle

boat on sea far away from island

To complain is always nonacceptance to what "is."

--Eckhart Tolle

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The vital function that pets fulfill in this world hasn't been fully recognized.
They keep millions of people sane. They have become Guardians of Being.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.

--Eckhart Tolle

coconut tree near body of water

In fact, the collective energy field of presence can be very helpful when people come together. It can give you an enormous boost.

--Eckhart Tolle

gray concrete surface

The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you're taking this moment.

--Eckhart Tolle

rock formation above water

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.

--Eckhart Tolle



purple and black skies

The whole world accepts that being stressed is the normal way to live.

--Eckhart Tolle

shooting star in night sky

Just as the dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves its problems.

--Eckhart Tolle



green leafed trees

The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything.

--Eckhart Tolle

pink flowers with white background

Everything is honoured, but nothing matters.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue painted concrete wall during daytime

There *are* no problems. Only situations -- to be dealt with now, or to be left alone and accepted as part of the 'isness' of the present moment until they change or can be dealt with.

--Eckhart Tolle

beach shore during day time

There are two ways of being unhappy: One is not getting what you want, and the other is getting what you want.

--Eckhart Tolle

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

--Eckhart Tolle

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When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness.

--Eckhart Tolle


two women lying on hammock

Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.

--Eckhart Tolle



purple lavender flower

We are a species that has lost its way. Everything natural, every flower or tree, and every animal have important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look, and listen.

--Eckhart Tolle


tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

If your mind is still... You can sense the peace that emanates from the earth.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Since ancient times, spiritual masters of all traditions have pointed to the Now as the key to the spiritual dimension. Despite this, it seems to have remained a secret.

--Eckhart Tolle

sunset

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.

--Eckhart Tolle

fawn pug lying on gray blanket

Make peace with the present moment.

--Eckhart Tolle

long exposure photography of beach

Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment.

--Eckhart Tolle


sunset

Create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation.

--Eckhart Tolle


purple and green light digital wallpaper

Nothing that comes and goes is you.
'I am bored.' Who knows this?
'I am angry, sad, afraid.' Who knows this?
You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.

--Eckhart Tolle



red and black floral textile

The soul is your innermost being. The presence that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is the soul. That is who you are in essence.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Wherever you are, be there totally.

--Eckhart Tolle

starry milky way

The present moment is all you ever have.

--Eckhart Tolle

sunflowers

With stillness comes the benediction of Peace.

--Eckhart Tolle

pug lying on pet bed

Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get its teeth into problems. That's why it does crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs.

--Eckhart Tolle


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A life changing event comes when we are not looking.Inspired and blessed are we  by the presence of Eckart Tolle among us.Thank you is not enough but know that my heart is filled with Joy!Rev. Rina A González.

--Eckhart Tolle

pink and blue painted wall

Our animal friends' non-reactive and forgiving natures can teach us positive spiritual lessons on a daily basis.

--Eckhart Tolle

yellow painted wall

The moment you put a mental label on another human being, you can no longer truly relate to that person... It then becomes possible to perpetrate any act of violence.

--Eckhart Tolle


blue and white painted wall

All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being.

--Eckhart Tolle

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Sometimes it's easier to see the madness in others -- but we also have to see it in ourselves.

--Eckhart Tolle


blue wallpaper

To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.

--Eckhart Tolle



blue sky with white clouds

What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is?

--Eckhart Tolle

orange and white stone fragment

Nothing out there will ever satisfy you except temporarily and superficially, but you may need to experience many disappointments before you realize that truth.

--Eckhart Tolle

red and yellow abstract painting

The secret of life is to 'die before you die' -- and find that there is no death.

--Eckhart Tolle



closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

It wasn't through the mind, through thinking, that the miracle that is life on earth or your body were created and are being sustained.

--Eckhart Tolle

aerial photography of forest

Thinking is no more than a tiny aspect of the totality of consciousness, the totality of who you are.

--Eckhart Tolle

selective photography of green leaf plant

A simple but radical spiritual practice is to accept whatever arises in the Now, within and without.

--Eckhart Tolle

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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.

--Eckhart Tolle

starry milky way

The mind cannot forgive. Only you can.

--Eckhart Tolle

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower

The flower of #‎ consciousness needs the mud out of which it grows.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of flower during sunset

Some people thought I was crazy to have let go of all the worldly things I had "achieved." They didn't understand that I didn't want or need any of that anymore.

--Eckhart Tolle



leafless tree under gray sky

If I accept the fact that my relationships are here to make me conscious, instead of happy, then my relationships become a wonderful self mastery tool that keeps realigning me with my higher purpose for living.

--Eckhart Tolle


high-angle photography of beach side

A built-in reminder is the simple understanding that whenever any kind of unhappiness arises, you know you've lost the now. That's a built-in alarm clock. The moment you realize you've lost the now, come back to the now.

--Eckhart Tolle

person on road at sunset

We are destined not to go back to the level of animals that we've come from but to return to being by going beyond thinking.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown wooden surface

Evolution usually occurs in response to a crisis situation, and we now are faced with such a crisis situation. This is why there is indeed an enormous acceleration in the awakening process of our species.

--Eckhart Tolle

houses and trees during nighttime

Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

--Eckhart Tolle

assorted-color beach houses

To experience anything fully and see it clearly there must be a moment of presence where conceptual thinking is not interfering with your experience of that moment.

--Eckhart Tolle

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out?

--Eckhart Tolle

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

By a monstrous act of reductionism, the infinite depth of who you are is confused with a sound produced by the vocal cords." (p. 28).

--Eckhart Tolle

blue sky with stars during night time

Words that arise spontaneously out of the state of presence are charged with spiritual power: the power to awaken.

--Eckhart Tolle

water drops on glass

Stay present, stay conscious.

--Eckhart Tolle

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

To become aware of the subtlety of nature you need to be alert. The moment you become alert you become still... thinking subsides. That is actually a higher state of consciousness than thinking.

--Eckhart Tolle

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Stillness is your essential nature.

--Eckhart Tolle

purple flowers under sunny sky

Accept -- then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.

--Eckhart Tolle

coconut tree near body of water

The most important healing -- realizing who you are. The healing on the outer level is fine, but it's not the essence of healing.

--Eckhart Tolle

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

◦"At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is.

--Eckhart Tolle

sunset

Quality requires your Presence.

--Eckhart Tolle

Arizona landscape pines

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.

--Eckhart Tolle


green plants beside brown wooden door

If you completely accept something, it changes. If you completely accept it, it shifts.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Humans eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. Suddenly, they start cutting reality up into bits and pieces, which is what the thinking mind does.

--Eckhart Tolle

Arizona landscape

If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.

--Eckhart Tolle

sunset

Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind.

--Eckhart Tolle


black mountain under blue sky during night time

The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future -- which, of course, can only be experienced as the Now.

--Eckhart Tolle

snow covered mountain under blue sky

If you don't mind being unhappy, what happens to the unhappiness?

--Eckhart Tolle

man standing on cliff under white sky

Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there, or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. It's a split that tears you apart inside.

--Eckhart Tolle


green-leafed trees during daytime

Doing is never enough if you neglect being.

--Eckhart Tolle


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The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.

--Eckhart Tolle

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Thought alone cannot recognize spiritual truths no matter how highly developed thought is. It's impossible.

--Eckhart Tolle



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Although all spiritual teachings originate from the same Source, once they become verbalized and written down they are obviously no more than a collection of words-and a word is nothing more than a signpost.

--Eckhart Tolle


city lights from hill

The world can only change from within.

--Eckhart Tolle

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

Consciousness is a vast ocean and thinking is the waves and ripples on the surface of the ocean.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Vipassana is fine until it becomes a technique that has many stages and that takes time to develop. That can be okay for people for a while, but then you have to leave the technique behind.

--Eckhart Tolle

brown wooden surface

No practice can take you to liberation. That is important to know. It can be a little step that is useful until you realize you don't need it anymore, because after a certain point it becomes a hindrance.

--Eckhart Tolle

flowers

Love is a state of being.

--Eckhart Tolle

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When you observe yourself reacting to what are minor things in your life, you will find that the mechanism is the same as when major things seem to go wrong in your life and there is upset.

--Eckhart Tolle


lion on green grass during golden hour

Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.

--Eckhart Tolle

tree and ranchhouse

Peace is your priority, not saving the world. That follows that.

--Eckhart Tolle

red flame

Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.

--Eckhart Tolle

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

All it takes is a simple choice, a simple decision: no matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself. I will create no more problems.

--Eckhart Tolle


black and yellow wall sconce

When you say "yes" to the "isness" of life, when you accept this moment as it is, you can feel a sense of spaciousness within you that is deeply peaceful.

--Eckhart Tolle


blue sky with white clouds

Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.

--Eckhart Tolle


brown and gray brick wall

When I'm with people, I'm a spiritual teacher. That's the function, but it's not my identity. The moment I'm alone, my deepest joy is to benobody, to relinquish the function of a teacher. It's a temporary function.

--Eckhart Tolle

high-angle photography of beach side

The particular egoic patterns that you react to most strongly in others and misperceive as their identity tend to be the same patterns that are also in you, but that you are unable or unwilling to detect within yourself.

--Eckhart Tolle

sea of white clouds

The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.

--Eckhart Tolle



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When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what's around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.

--Eckhart Tolle

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Authentic human interactions become impossible when you lose yourself in a role.

--Eckhart Tolle

body of water during daytime

The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That's all there ever is.

--Eckhart Tolle

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You become most powerful in whatever you do if the action is performed for its own sake rather than as a means to protect, enhance, or conform to your role identity.

--Eckhart Tolle

bokeh photography

If I thought it was my identity to be a spiritual teacher, that would be a delusion. It's not an identity. It's simply a function in this world.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue flower in close up photography

Wake up. Get out of your mind. Be present.

--Eckhart Tolle


orange moon during nighttime

The past cannot survive in your presence. It can only survive in your absence.

--Eckhart Tolle


macro photography water drops

Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. ... When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative.

--Eckhart Tolle

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

This is my secret," he said. "I don't mind what happens.

--Eckhart Tolle

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

pink petaled flower field

The ego is a false sense based on mental concepts. It is identification with the body and the mind-primarily identification with thought form.

--Eckhart Tolle

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

The thinking mind can be so noisy that it cannot relate to stillness. It doesn't even recognize it and certainly can't remember it.

--Eckhart Tolle

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

How wonderful to go beyond wanting and fearing in your relationships. Love does not want or fear anything.

--Eckhart Tolle

white pendant lamp

The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.

--Eckhart Tolle

body of water during daytime

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

Arizona landscape

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.

--Eckhart Tolle

pink and white flower in close up photography

Often, little situations trigger enormous reactions. Be there, present for it. Your partner will find it easier to see it in you, and you will find it easier to see it in them.

--Eckhart Tolle

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For a relationship to deepen, at some point the spiritual dimension needs to come in. You don't even need to be fully awakened for this to happen, but if it does happen it certainly means you are awakening.

--Eckhart Tolle

landscape photography of mountain

Become comfortable with not knowing.

--Eckhart Tolle

white snow mountain

Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love.

--Eckhart Tolle

white wall paint with black shadow

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

gray building

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.

--Eckhart Tolle

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Being must be 'felt' it can not be 'thought.

--Eckhart Tolle

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Every practice at some point will become a hindrance. No practice can ever take you there, to freedom, to liberation. That's important to realize.

--Eckhart Tolle

grayscale photography of elephant

Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.

--Eckhart Tolle

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

In certain extreme cases, medication may be necessary. But it is given far too often, too easily, and too readily. Millions of children already are on tranquilizers, for example, and that is absurd.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.

--Eckhart Tolle

mountains under white mist at daytime

Thinking without awareness is the main dilemma of human existence.

--Eckhart Tolle

blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

Die to the past every moment. You don't need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.

--Eckhart Tolle

person holding white book

The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag you along with it. Every thought pretends that it matters so much.

--Eckhart Tolle

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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.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Go within. Use the inner body as a starting point for going deeper and taking your attention away from where it's usually lodged, in the thinking mind.

--Eckhart Tolle

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.

--Eckhart Tolle


purple textile with white line

If you are not in alignment with the moment, life is a struggle. Really, all you have to do is take responsibility for your inner alignment with now.

--Eckhart Tolle

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while.

--Eckhart Tolle

green ceramic mug beside book

Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of people riding bicycle

One only needs to read twentieth-century history to see that it has been the climax of human madness, if it's measured in terms of human violence inflicted on other humans.

--Eckhart Tolle

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Life is now. There was never a time
when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

--Eckhart Tolle

red surface

Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain.

--Eckhart Tolle

black pug puppy

Only by awakening can you know the true meaning of that word.

--Eckhart Tolle

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

--Eckhart Tolle

silhouette of people riding bicycle

That one step is called surrender. I do not mean to say that you will become happy in such a situation. You will not. But fear and pain will become transmuted into inner peace.

--Eckhart Tolle

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