World-renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle conveys simple wisdom that transcends any particular religion, doctrine, or guru. His #1 NYT bestselling book is a modern classic in the field of personal growth and spirituality; Oprah Winfrey credits The Power of Now with helping her to “get through September 11, 2001” and she featured it on her December 2002 “Oprah’s Favorite Things” show.
A native of Germany, Eckhart Tolle attended the University of London, and upon graduation went on to become a research scholar and supervisor at Cambridge University. At 29, a profound spiritual awakening virtually dissolved his personal identity and sparked a radical change in the course of his life.
It marked the beginning of an intense inward journey and he devoted the next decade to understanding, deepening, and integrating that transformation. For the past ten years, he has acted as a counselor and spiritual guide, facilitating sold-out groups in Europe and North America. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is not selective.
Most people want to get what they want, whereas the secret is to want what you get at this moment.
Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now.
On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a joyous energy behind what you do.
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within, and it is available to you now.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created for something new to emerge.
Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
Stillness is where we come from, and where we will return to.
Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.
The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything.
Things and conditions can give you pleasure but they cannot give you joy – joy arises from within.
To love is to recognize yourself in another.
True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.
Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.
What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.
When you complain, you make yourself a victim. When you speak out, you are in power.
When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life.
Whenever something negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it.
Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious presence.
Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises.
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
You are here to enable the Divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are!
You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.