I know that’s a pretty big claim, but I totally stand behind it.
The New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle gives an insight into humanity’s ego-based thinking, and how we can shift to stillness.
Tolle’s purpose for the book is to bring about a shift in consciousness. That is to awaken.
There are two reason why I believe the world needs to read this book.
One is because he educates on the main aspects of the ego. How it operates in the individual, as well as the collective.
In today’s rush we all think, seek and want too much. We forget about the joy of just being. Life is so precious. At times we can get so caught up comparing ourselves, or letting our past define who we are today. Eckhart’s book taught me the importance of living in the present moment, to avoid thoughts of the past or future.
“We can learn to break the habit of accumulating and perpetuating old emotion by flapping our wings, metaphorically speaking, and refrain from mentally dwelling on the past, regardless of whether something happened yesterday, or thirty years ago.
We can learn not to keep situations or events live in our minds, but to return our attention continuously to the pristine, timeless present moment rather than be caught up in mental movie-making.
Our very Presence then becomes our identity, rather than our thoughts and emotions.”
The second reason is because he touches on our primary purpose. He says “the primary purpose of every human being is simply to be: fully engaged in this moment, and aligned with the natural flow of reality itself.” In a world where “life purpose” has such a huge hype around it, this brings much calm and peace to my heart.
Eckhart then goes onto to write about how we place more importance on our outer purpose, like jobs, daily responsibilities, businesses and projects, than nurturing our inner purpose. He says being true to the moment will help your outer purpose come into clearer focus and bring the rest of your life into alignment.
But let’s be real, we aren’t all masters of zen. Life is, well life is pretty crazy. There are going to be situations, events and people in our lives that trigger negative emotions within us. What if, instead of sitting in the drama and chaos, we give ourselves time and space to gain perspective.
Step out of the drama, and into the present moment.
Step out of our head, and into the present moment.
Step out of the chaos of our job, to-do list, business or idea, and into the present moment.
Let’s aim for practice over perfection.
And remember, we’re humans. Exhale deeply and just roll with it.
Love ya homies. x
PS. He’s book The Power Of Now is just as epic, and needed.
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