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Quote: Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.


Quote: Life is the dancer and you are the dance. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Life is the dancer and you are the dance.


Quote: Doing is never enough if you neglect being. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Doing is never enough if you neglect being.


Quote: As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Become conscious of being conscious. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Become conscious of being conscious.


Quote: Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.


Quote: You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Being must be 'felt' it can not be 'thought. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment. It is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: True communication is communion- the realization of oneness, which is love. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: You are the universe expressing itself as a human for a little while. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: The secret of life is to 'die before you die' -- and find that there is no death. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The past cannot survive in your presence. It can only survive in your absence. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Surrendering only refers to this moment, whatever is at this moment -- to accept unconditionally and fully whatever arises at this moment. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.








Quote: Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. This is why we may also call it Presence. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Most people don't know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Just as the dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves its problems. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Look at a tree, a plant. How still they are, how deeply rooted in being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Quick. say something useful to this person. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Quick. say something useful to this person.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Die before you die and find that there is no death. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.




Quote: Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept -- before they will forgive. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: When your sense of self is no longer tied to thought, is no longer conceptual, there is a depth of feeling, of sensing, of compassion, of loving, that was not there when you were trapped in mental concepts. You are that depth. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

When your sense of self is no longer tied to thought, is no longer conceptual, there is a depth of feeling, of sensing, of compassion, of loving, that was not there when you were trapped in mental concepts. You are that depth.


Quote: Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but you thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: The ego is a false sense based on mental concepts. It is identification with the body and the mind-primarily identification with thought form. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken down. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote: If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken down.- black text on quotes background

If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken down.


Quote: The decision to make the present moment into your friend is the end of ego. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: In essence, you are neither inferior nor superior to anyone. True self-esteem and true humility arise out of that realization. In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

In essence, you are neither inferior nor superior to anyone. True self-esteem and true humility arise out of that realization. In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity -- which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote: Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity -- which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.- black text on quotes background

Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity -- which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.


Quote: Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out? by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: We could say that the totality, life wants the sapling to become a tree, but the sapling doesn't see itself as separate from life and so wants nothing for itself. It is one with what life wants. That's why it isn't worried or stressed. And, if it has to die prematurely, it dies with ease. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote: We could say that the totality, life wants the sapling to become a tree, but the sapling doesn't see itself as separate from life and so wants nothing for itself. It is one with what life wants. That's why it isn't worried or stressed. And, if it has to die prematurely, it dies with ease.- black text on quotes background

We could say that the totality, life wants the sapling to become a tree, but the sapling doesn't see itself as separate from life and so wants nothing for itself. It is one with what life wants. That's why it isn't worried or stressed. And, if it has to die prematurely, it dies with ease.


Quote: The whole world accepts that being stressed is the normal way to live. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.




Quote: Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time--past and future--the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote: Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time--past and future--the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.- black text on quotes background

Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time--past and future--the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: With stillness comes the benediction of Peace. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

With stillness comes the benediction of Peace.


Quote: Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: The mental suffering you create is always some form of non-acceptance,
 some form of unconscious resistance to what is. 
On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgement.
 The intensity of the suffering depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote; white text on black background

The mental suffering you create is always some form of non-acceptance,
some form of unconscious resistance to what is.
On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgement.
The intensity of the suffering depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The past has no power over the present moment. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

The past has no power over the present moment.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The truth is: you don't have a life, you are life. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: The moment you become aware of the silence, you also have become silent. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Don't take the ego too seriously. When you detect egoic behavior in yourself, smile. At times you may even laugh. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much, and forget about the joy of just being. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Your unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.


Quote: The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Be the observer of your mind. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Be the observer of your mind.


Quote: You are not your mind. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

You are not your mind.


Quote: The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything.


Quote: For the ego to survive, it must make time -- past and future -- more important than the present moment. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: One conscious breath in and out is a meditation. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

One conscious breath in and out is a meditation.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The mind cannot forgive. Only you can. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

The mind cannot forgive. Only you can.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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

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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.


Quote: Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: It is inner stillness that will save and transform the world. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Just be, and enjoy being. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Just be, and enjoy being.


Quote: Become comfortable with not knowing. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Become comfortable with not knowing.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Wherever you are, be there totally. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Wherever you are, be there totally.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The real truths of life are never entirely new to you or to anybody because there is a level deep down within you where you already know all the things, all those spiritual truths that you read or hear, and then recognize them. I say 'recognize' because you're not... it's not new. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote: The real truths of life are never entirely new to you or to anybody because there is a level deep down within you where you already know all the things, all those spiritual truths that you read or hear, and then recognize them. I say 'recognize' because you're not... it's not new.- black text on quotes background

The real truths of life are never entirely new to you or to anybody because there is a level deep down within you where you already know all the things, all those spiritual truths that you read or hear, and then recognize them. I say 'recognize' because you're not... it's not new.


Quote: Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, 'Be still, and know that I am God.' But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don't need to carry it around with you after you've crossed the river. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote; white text on black background

Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, 'Be still, and know that I am God.' But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don't need to carry it around with you after you've crossed the river.


Quote: If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.




Quote: Thoughts are fine when you don't confuse them with who you are, and then thoughts are not a problem. Thinking is a wonderful tool to create things in this world. It only becomes problematic and a source of suffering when you confuse thinking with who you are. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Thoughts are fine when you don't confuse them with who you are, and then thoughts are not a problem. Thinking is a wonderful tool to create things in this world. It only becomes problematic and a source of suffering when you confuse thinking with who you are.


Quote: We should purify our innate well of contentment -- what a wonderful expression -- and then external things will be in harmony with us. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: If you are not living this moment, you are not really living. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.




Quote: So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don't honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: You are not a problem that needs solving. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

You are not a problem that needs solving.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The only thing you ever have is now. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

The only thing you ever have is now.


Quote: If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of 'I know.' Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of 'I know.' Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.


Quote: That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.


Quote: People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don't see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of Eckhart Tolle quote; white text on black background

Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don't see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence.




Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: If there are people you haven't forgiven, you're not going to really awaken. You have to let go. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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.


Quote: The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


Quote: It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

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


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