Posts Tagged ‘The Power of Now’

I am not my thoughts

July 30, 2017

The philosopher Descartes believed that he had found the most fundamental truth when he made his famous statement: “I think, therefore I am.” He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error: to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking.

Enlightenment is not only the end of suffering and of continuous conflict within and without, but also the end of the dreadful enslavement to incessant thinking. What an incredible liberation this is!

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

3 steps to absolute control of your life

February 10, 2017
  1. Live in the present: be aware of your body, your mind, and your surroundings.
  2. Master breathing: consciously control your breathing.
  3. Control your autonomic nervous system: take a cold shower every day.

The origin of religion – someone has a deep insight

August 9, 2016

Eckhart Tolle (

[1:03] Potentially religion is a wonderful thing. The origin of religion is usually somebody who has a deep insight into the oneness of all life and then attempts to teach that to others – compassion, love, and to recognize the other as yourself. Unfortunately, the beautiful original teaching often gets hijacked by the ego (mind/thoughts) and is then used for its own purposes. The result is that now we have, to a large extent (although not completely, there are pockets in religion that are deeply spiritual), religions that are divisive forces in our world rather than something that unites us.

How to stop thinking – give attention to your breathing

August 9, 2016

Eckhart Tolle has a really interesting perspective on thinking (thoughts). His perspective is that thoughts are a tool (a very useful tool, certainly, but a tool nonetheless). We either control the tool or it controls us. To bring about some measure of control to this tool, we need a way of turning it off (i.e., stop thinking). There is a simple way to achieve this: give attention to your breathing. It turns out that you can’t simultaneously attend to your breathing and think.

Perhaps constant, compulsive thinking brings on mental fatigue. By periodically stopping thinking, we can have more freshness in our thinking.

The world is not here to make you happy

July 20, 2016

A beautiful message from Eckhart Tolle (author of The Power of Now):

No longer demand that a particular condition should make you happy. By “condition” I mean a situation, a place, or a human being. We make demands such as, “He should do this to make me happy” or “She should do that to make me happy” or “This place is not good enough, it’s not making me happy” or “This situation that I just went into should make me happy but it’s not”. People, places, and situations are not there to make you happy; they are there to wake you up. The world is not here to make you happy. Conditions are here to be transcended internally so that internally you go beyond dependency on external conditions. Transcend means to be aware of the timeless dimension of who you are.

Free of the endless stream of thoughts and wants and desires

July 16, 2016

A beautiful description by Eckhart Tolle:

Some people are only home—in this moment—when they are getting tired and the noise machine in their head is too tired to produce more thoughts. You are half way towards sleep and for the first time that day it feels good to be alive. You are longing for the complete annihilation of self in deep sleep. Get away from the self, get away from the noise machine with its continuous stuff-producing machine: you need this, you want this, more stuff. And then you sleep. If you’re lucky you sleep all night long but probably the noise machine wakes you up at 3 o’clock in the morning and starts working. You remember all your problems and the great heaviness descends upon you. In bed there is no problem but the mind doesn’t know that. Then the body responds with an emotion. The body doesn’t realize that your thoughts are just thoughts. The body responds to thought as if thought were reality. So when you are thinking about your problems and how very challenging they are, your body reacts as though you are in a crisis situation at 3 o’clock in the morning in bed. For many humans the only way they can be free of the noise machine is when they move toward unconsciousness.