Some Our Favourite Eckhart Tolle Quotes
Eckhart Tolle has been called “the most powerful spiritual author in the United States” by a NY Times writer and has sold over 10 million copies of his books across North America alone.
Best known for his ground breaking The Power of Now Eckhart underwent a profound spiritual transformation whilst living in London in his late 20’s.
After spending much of his life in a state of depression, he awoke one evening with negative thoughts and feelings that he says were “almost unbearable”, he then underwent what he describes as a profound inner transformation which altered his state of consciousness and changed his life forever.
You can read some of our favourite Eckhart Tolle quotes below.
Also here is a great video on his top 10 rules for success.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
“To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history.”
“When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you’re waiting for the elevator – instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.”
“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.”
“I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.”
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.”
“If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.”
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.”
“You can have religion with spirituality. You can also have religion without spirituality.”
“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.”
“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”
“The ‘soul’ is one of the words you can use to talk about your innermost being, the essence of who you are.”
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”
“Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.”
“Being must be felt. It can’t be thought.”
“Thinking is a wonderful tool if it’s applied. Thinking, however, cannot become the master. Thinking is a very bad master. If you’re dominated by thinking then your life becomes very restricted.”
“In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.”
“The past has no power over the present moment.”
Our Top 3 Eckhart Tolle Quotes
“Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.”
“People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.”
“Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now, and if the past can’t prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?”