When You Realize You are Complete Now, You are Free

This passage brought me so much comfort today:

Eckhart Tolle you are complete now

Moving Deeply into the Now

In the absence of psychological time, your sense of self is derived from Being, not from your personal past. Therefore, the psychological need to become anything other than who you already are is no longer there. In the world, on the level of your life situation, you may indeed become wealthy, knowledgeable, successful, free of this or that, but in the deeper dimension of Being you are complete and whole now. Continue reading “When You Realize You are Complete Now, You are Free”

How To Accept Things That Irritate Us

So many times we hear about the importance of Acceptance. But how can we really practice acceptance? How can we do it effectively and completely?

How can we accept what arises in the moment without suffering too much?

95 of unhappiness is generated

Acceptance is hard! Continue reading “How To Accept Things That Irritate Us”

The Secrets to Stopping Negative Thinking That No Therapist Will Ever Tell You

you are not your mind

One of the reasons I love to listen to my Eckhart Tolle audio CDs so much is that he helps me understand that I am not my mind… I am not my thinking mind, I am the silent watcher behind it. What a blessed relief to realize this!

My thinking mind is what keeps me fearful, and being trapped in it is torture. Not understanding that I can learn to stop “listening in” to the nonstop mental chatter is the reason I have had so much mental suffering in my life. This is not only true for me but for all mankind.

Although some people feel their suffering acutely, as I have, many are only aware of it as a pervasive feeling of low level irritation, short-temperedness, or a feeling of lack or incompleteness.

I have had a lot of anxiety in my life, so learning to break free from the prison of the thinking mind has been a real joy for me… Continue reading “The Secrets to Stopping Negative Thinking That No Therapist Will Ever Tell You”

What is Enlightenment?

what is enlightenment

Enlightenment, what is that?

I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and is telling you to look inside.

Look inside yourself…

Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of being and the deep unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars…

They are looking outside for pleasures or for scraps of fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things, but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.

The word Enlightenment conjures up the idea of some sort of superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way.

But it is simply your natural state of felt oneness of being.  It is the state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible. Something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you.

It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.

The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation from yourself and from the world around you.

You then perceive yourself consciously or unconsciously as an isolated fragment. Fear arises and conflict within and without becomes the norm.

I love the Buddha’s simple definition of enlightenment as the end of suffering. There’s nothing superhuman in that, is there?

Eckhart Tolle,  The Power of Now, Chapter 1: You are Not Your Mind

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