It’s a really nice, sunny morning here in Arizona. I am just hanging out this morning soaking it all in. I am re-reading a book I really love called A New Earth – Awakening to your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. http://eckharttolle.com/a_new_earth It is very good. You do not have to read his first book “The Power of Now” to read the second, however both are good.
“When you are present in this moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future. Then, true intelligence arises, and also love. The only way love can come into your life is not through form, but through that inner spaciousness that is Presence. Love has no form.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Though he doesn’t think a lot about his past (he lives in the moment) he realized that some people may benefit from knowing his. Eckhart Tolle grew up with depression. He remembers being depressed at a very young age. He considered suicide in his 20’s. At one point he had moved and had very little money to his name. He played and won a small lottery and felt hope to carry on. He learned to live in the moment and became a spiritual teacher. But not for one religion- for everyone. It’s not a religion but a deep spiritual awakening. He teaches people to live in the moment (like when one meditates). It is good to find that place of peace when meditating and very important but to LIVE in that moment takes practice. He says that we (our souls) are not our ego. We are much more special than that. He says that we already have peace within us. Everyone has been given that gift already. It is up to us to tap into it and to let go of of the thoughts of the world. For example, when asked who you are ,do you think “I am a spiritual being on a journey” or do you think “I am a wife, mom, nurse, teacher, (any job), man, woman, fat, skinny, black, white, rich, poor, etc.” It’s about removing the layers and getting to what is important- loving one another, creating peace in our world (our own and the world as a whole) and finding true joy.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~Mother Theresa
It is about having patience. Have you ever wanted someone telling a story to hurry up and get to the point? Or wanted someone to go faster so you could get ahead? It is about not worrying about the future. (I know we all have to plan- like how will we pay the bills, etc but it is not necessary to worry. We also have to look at a clock to do things on time) But if you are living in the moment you can’t worry about the future. And not dwelling on the past. I think people like Mother Theresa and The Dalai Lama achieved living in the moment. We might not all get to that level but we can definitely do better than we are doing. The day you think you don’t need to read this book (or something else that helps you achieve the same goals) is the day you need it the most.
If you read it, let me know your thoughts about it.
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky” ~Buddha