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Relationships Make You Conscious, Not Happy

Eckhart Tolle

With the acknowledgment and acceptance of the facts also comes a degree of freedom from them. For example, when you know there is disharmony and you hold that "knowing," through your knowing...

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79K reads, 19 comments

Not Minding What Happens

Eckhart Tolle

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words - which are ...

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35K reads, 23 comments

The Place That is Free of Suffering

Eckhart Tolle

The world promises fulfillment somewhere in time, and there is a continuous striving toward that fulfillment in time. Many times people feel, "Yes, now I have arrived," and then they realize...

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25K reads, 15 comments

An Ego Strategy to Avoid Surrender

Eckhart Tolle

What is conventionally called “love” is an ego strategy to avoid surrender. You are looking to someone to give you that which can only come to you in the state of surrender. The ego uses t...

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65K reads, 23 comments

Noticing the Gaps

Eckhart Tolle

In the first moment of seeing something or hearing a sound -- and more so if it is unfamiliar -- before the mind names or interprets what you see or hear there is usually a gap of alert attention in w...

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26K reads, 10 comments

Stillness Speaks

Eckhart Tolle

Silence is helpful, but you don't need it in order to find stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That i...

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27K reads, 12 comments

The Basic Delusion

Eckhart Tolle

The human mind, in its desire to know, understand, and control, mistakes its opinions and viewpoints for the truth. It says: this is how it is. You have to be larger than thought to realize that howev...

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11K reads, 2 comments

World of Objects

Eckhart Tolle

What is your relationship with the world of objects, the countless things that surround you and that you handle everyday? The chair you sit on, the pen, the car, the cup? Are they to you merely a me...

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6K reads, 2 comments

Anything Natural

Eckhart Tolle

Whenever you bring your attention to anything natural, anything that has come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking and, to some extent, part...

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8K reads, 2 comments

Stillness Speaks

Eckhart Tolle

The mind exists in a state of "not enough" and so is always greedy for more. When you are identified with mind, you get bored and restless very easily. Boredom means the mind is hungry for more stimu...

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7K reads

A Habitual Waiter

Eckhart Tolle

Are you a habitual "waiter"? How much of your life do you spend waiting? What I call "small-scale waiting" is waiting in line at the post office, in a traffic jam, at the airport, or waiting for so...

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17K reads

Spare Some Change?

Eckhart Tolle

A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. "I hav...

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7K reads

The Off Button

Eckhart Tolle

Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things get out of balance. For example, there is nothing wrong with cells dividing and multiplying in the body, but when this process continues in...

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7K reads

Problem In The Now?

Eckhart Tolle

All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. You may find it hard to recognize that time is the cause of your suffering or your problems. You believe...

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12K reads

Only One of Them Is Real

Eckhart Tolle

One night long after my twenty-ninth birthday, I woke up in the early hours with a feeling of absolute dread. I had woken up with such a feeling many times before, but this time it was more intense t...

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4K reads