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Top 10 Quotes – On Present Moment – On Pain – On Mind – On Happiness – Summary
You have here the top 75+ quotes from The Power Of Now (+ a summary at the end).
What will you learn in this book by Eckhart Tolle?
- The benefits of being more present
- Why your mind can’t live in the “now”
- Simple strategies to find inner peace and joy
Who recommends this book? (1)
- Oprah Winfrey
- Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk
- Kendrick Lamar (one of the most influential hip-hop artists)
With more than 5 million copies sold, this #1 New York Times bestseller is a must-read if you want more spirituality and less pain in your life.
I hope you’ll enjoy the quotes (and book) as much as I did.
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Top 10 Quotes From The Power Of Now
You are not your mind. Eckhart Tolle
If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Eckhart Tolle
The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. Eckhart Tolle
The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. Eckhart Tolle
Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there”, or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. Eckhart Tolle
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle
You are not the voice in your mind, but the one who is aware of it. Eckhart Tolle
All the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, and inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. Eckhart Tolle
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. Eckhart Tolle
All problems are illusions of the mind. Eckhart Tolle
Present Moment Quotes From The Power Of Now
Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. Eckhart Tolle
Since ancient times, spiritual masters of all traditions have pointed to the Now as the key to the spiritual dimension. Eckhart Tolle
The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind. Eckhart Tolle
Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now. Eckhart Tolle
Die to the past every moment. You don’t need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence. Eckhart Tolle
The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now — to be so utterly, so completely present that no problem, no suffering, nothing that is not who you are in your essence, can survive in you. Eckhart Tolle
Nothing exists outside the now. Eckhart Tolle
Make it a habit to ask yourself: What’s going on inside me at this moment? Eckhart Tolle
The more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering – and free of the egoic mind. Eckhart Tolle
To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present. Eckhart Tolle
If you keep your attention in the body as much as possible, you will be anchored in the Now. You won’t lose yourself in the external world, and you won’t lose yourself in your mind. Thoughts and emotions, fears and desires, may still be there to some extent, but they won’t take you over. Eckhart Tolle
If you are able to stay alert and present at that time and watch whatever you feel within, rather than be taken over by it, it affords an opportunity for the most powerful spiritual practice, and a rapid transmutation of all past pain becomes possible. Eckhart Tolle
The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Eckhart Tolle
Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Eckhart Tolle
Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Eckhart Tolle
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Pain, Ego, Worry Quotes From The Power Of Now
As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve. Eckhart Tolle
It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. Eckhart Tolle
What the ego sees as weakness is your Being in its purity, innocence. Eckhart Tolle
To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. Eckhart Tolle
The ego’s needs are endless. It feels vulnerable and threatened and so lives in a state of fear and want. Eckhart Tolle
The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. Eckhart Tolle
In the Now, in the absence of time, all your problems dissolve. Suffering needs time; it cannot survive in the Now. Eckhart Tolle
The mind creates an obsession with the future as an escape from the unsatisfactory present. Eckhart Tolle
The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you. Eckhart Tolle
Anything “bad” that happens in your life — use it for enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future. Eckhart Tolle
There are two levels to your pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain from the past that still lives on in your mind and body. Eckhart Tolle
The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space. Eckhart Tolle
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle
Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind, which is to say as long as you are unconscious. Eckhart Tolle
Where there is anger there is always pain underneath. Eckhart Tolle
The past cannot survive in your presence. Eckhart Tolle
Mind And Thoughts Quotes From The Power Of Now
You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state. Eckhart Tolle
The mind always wants to categorize and compare. Eckhart Tolle
Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. Eckhart Tolle
Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable. Eckhart Tolle
The mind unconsciously loves problems because they give you an identity of sorts. Eckhart Tolle
The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what is, you are free of the mind. Eckhart Tolle
The single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to dis-identify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. Eckhart Tolle
The more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Eckhart Tolle
Don’t be concerned if the mind occasionally succeeds in drawing your attention out of the body and you lose yourself in some thought. As soon as you notice that this has happened, just return your attention to the inner body. Eckhart Tolle
Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things get out of balance. Eckhart Tolle
Most people don’t know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking. Eckhart Tolle
Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. Eckhart Tolle
You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over. Eckhart Tolle
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. You can take the first step right now. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Eckhart Tolle
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Happiness And Acceptance Quotes From The Power Of Now
Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance. Eckhart Tolle
Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Eckhart Tolle
Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Eckhart Tolle
To surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation. It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is. Eckhart Tolle
Ultimately, this is not about solving your problems. It’s about realizing that there are no problems. Only situations — to be dealt with now, or to be left alone and accepted. Eckhart Tolle
True salvation is fulfillment, peace, life in all its fullness. It is to be who you are, to feel within you the good that has no opposite, the joy of Being that depends on nothing outside itself. Eckhart Tolle
Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. Eckhart Tolle
Break the old pattern of present-moment denial and present-moment resistance. Make it your practice to withdraw attention from past and future whenever they are not needed. Eckhart Tolle
True salvation is a state of freedom — from fear, from suffering, from a perceived state of lack and insufficiency and therefore from all wanting, needing, grasping, and clinging. Eckhart Tolle
Nothing out there will ever satisfy you except temporarily and superficially, but you may need to experience many disillusionments before you realize that truth. Eckhart Tolle
Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light. Eckhart Tolle
One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it. Eckhart Tolle
It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept – before they will forgive. Eckhart Tolle
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within. Eckhart Tolle
The sooner you realize that your outer purpose cannot give you lasting fulfillment, the better. Eckhart Tolle
Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not. Eckhart Tolle
Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life — to allow life to live through you. Eckhart Tolle
When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. The Now is the key. Eckhart Tolle
Summary – The Power Of Now By Eckhart Tolle
- What’s the core idea of the book? Don’t identify with your mind. You are not your mind. You are much more than that.
- 4 key takeaways
- 1) The “now” contains everything you need to be happy.
- 2) Your ego doesn’t like when you live in the “now”, the unknown. It prefers the known. It prefers control.
- 3) You live too much in your mind and not enough in your body.
- 4) Awareness, observation, and meditation are great ways to separate yourself from your mind and live a better life.
- Is The Power Of Now easy to read? The Power Of Now is not an easy read for people not used to spiritual jargon and concepts (enlightenment, the observer, the mind, being detached, etc.). But if you have a basic understanding, you’ll be fine.
- Is Power Of Now a good book? I give this book 8.5/10. It offered great insights into spirituality. Also, I needed to stretch my mind a few times to grasp some ideas (which is fine). However, this book could have been a little shorter and more practical.
- What did I like the most about this book? It reminded me our minds construct everything in our lives. And the only “problems” are the ones we create in our minds.
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