9 Wise Quotes by Eckhart Tolle

  1. “Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

  2. “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

  3. “Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

  4. “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”

  5. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

  6. “Not all thinking and all emotion are of the ego. They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become ‘I’.”

  7. “Being an outsider to some extent, someone who does not ‘fit in’ with others or is rejected by them for whatever reason, makes life difficult, but it also places you at an advantage as far as enlightenment is concerned. It takes you out of unconsciousness almost by force.”

  8. “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”

  9. “If you both agree that the relationship will be your spiritual practice, so much the better. You can then express your thoughts and feelings to each other as soon as they occur, or as soon as a reaction comes up, so that you do not create a time gap in which an unexpressed or unacknowledged emotion or grievance can fester and grow. Learn to give expression to what you feel without blaming. Learn to your partner in an open, non-defensive way. Give your partner space for expressing himself or herself. Be present. Accusing, defending, attacking — all those patterns that are designed to strengthen or protect the ego or to get its needs met will then become redundant. Giving space to others — and to yourself — is vital. Love cannot flourish without it.”

– Eckhart Tolle (1948 – )

 


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