Eckhart Tolle is one of the leading mindfulness teachers alive today. He teaches a simple philosophy of paying attention to the present moment, and developing a constant awareness and presence in your life.
When you listen to the Now, in whatever form it takes for you, you gain the ability to tap into a universal field of consciousness, and to experience life from the perspective of formless awareness.
This spaciousness is the seat of all joy and love, and is at the heart of your inner nature.
Best of all: he writes that stillness is always present. We just need to choose to listen to it.
How To Find Stillness
According to Tolle, it is not difficult to enter into a state of stillness, because stillness is ever-present.
The key is to recognize the connection between this universal energy and physical forms of silence.
When you listen to silence, the sense of stillness emerges within you. Tolle writes that you cannot be aware of silence, without also being aware of stillness.
If you practice this – listening to silence by noticing the gap between sounds and objects – you will become aware of awareness. It can happen instantly, and your only real job is to remember to come back to this space frequently.
12 Quotes from Stillness Speaks
Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I am that is deeper than name and form.
Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world. You are that awareness, disguised as a person.
The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.
Whenever there is silence around you — listen to it.
Whenever you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present
Allow nature to teach you stillness.
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When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness. Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love.
You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner stillness.
When you deeply accept this moment as it is – no matter what form it takes – you are still, you are at peace.
Pay attention to the gap – the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation.
True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.
Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But, then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.
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