In our day-to-day lives, we are all caught up with so much noise, distractions, and work. Peace and calm seem outside of our reach. Sometimes life takes a sudden turn, unexpected traumas and challenges present themselves and our emotional wellbeing is tested. We resist what is, we hold on to the past and how things were, we fear the unknown future, and we feel stuck, unsure of what to do to next.
Whenever I find myself struggling with anything in my life, I turn to the lessons in Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now to shift my perspective to one of peace and surrender. Eckhart Tolle is known to be one of the most inspiring and transformative spiritual thought leaders of our time. His words bring much clarity and invoke feelings of empowerment. I truly believe everyone can benefit from his amazing wisdom which is why I am sharing some of those lessons now!
1. The present moment is the most precious thing there is.
“People do not realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”
“..the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.”
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.”
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love, even the most simple action.”
2. Always say yes to the present moment.
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
3. Wherever you are, be there totally.
“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.”
4. Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.
“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.”
5. The more you dwell on the negative, the more your mind obsesses on the negative things.
“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.”
6. Complaining perpetuates a victim mentality
“To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”
7. Letting go requires strength and courage
“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”
“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.”
8. Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists
“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. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them – while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.”
“What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself.”
“Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”
9. Life authentically
“Living up to an image that you have of yourself of that other people have of you is inauthentic living.”
10. Worry is completely unnecessary
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”
There are countless amazing lessons from Eckhart Tolle, and these are just a few of them. Which ones resonate with you the most? How can you start embracing the present moment? Please comment and share