Presence (quotes)

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What is presence?

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To be present is to be in a state of alert awareness …

  • Presence is the cessation of thought without losing consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Presence is not a trancelike state. Not at all. There is no loss of consciousness here. The opposite is the case. If the price of peace were a lowering of your consciousness, and the price of stillness a lack of vitality and alertness, then they would not be worth having. In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind- identified state. You are fully present. It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that gives life to the physical body. Eckhart Tolle
  • In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind-identified state. You are fully present.  It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that give life to the physical body.  Eckhart Tolle
  • AwarenessAttentionLive in the presentBeingMindfulness
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… to be in a state of being aware of being aware

  • Cease being exclusively fascinated by whatever you are aware of and be interested instead in the experience of being aware itself. Rupert Spira
  • Here is another way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think ‘I Am’ and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Cease being exclusively fascinated by whatever you are aware of and be interested instead in the experience of being aware itself. Rupert Spira
  • Allow the experience of being aware to come into the foreground of experience, and let thoughts, images, feelings, sensations and perceptions recede into the background. Simply notice the experience of being aware. The peace and happiness for which all people long reside there. Rupert Spira
  • The Indian sage Nisargadatta Maharaj referred to presence as focusing on the ‘I am’, by which he meant resting in the experience of ‘I am’, that is, simply resting in and as our essential, unconditioned, self-aware being. Rupert Spira
  • Feel the Presence within you as the background to every experience. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awareness
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Being present is not identifying with your thoughts

  • 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.” Eckhart Tolle
  • When you become identified you cannot observe. P D Ouspensky
  • True freedom comes from stepping back from the TV screen of our mind to a place where we can take in the rest of the room and what’s going on in the rest of the room. Gina Lake
  • The ego’s voice becomes impersonal, something in the landscape that has no more personal relevance than a bird’s song or the temperature of the room. We still experience it, but we don’t experience it as our voice, and we are no longer compelled to follow it or express it. Once we gain some detachment from the ego’s voice, it’s possible to experience the Experiencer, the true self. Gina Lake
  • One is pure awareness and the mind owes its existence to this awareness. When a seeker sees the mind and thoughts arising from the mind separate from himself, he knows that he has nothing to do with the mind. The mind does not bother him any more. He does not spend his time and effort in silencing the mind. He just remains as pure awareness, watching it all happen in this awareness. Tarun Sardana
  • You can’t think your way INTO the moment. You can only think yourself OUT of the moment. Michael Roads
  • Your thoughts are nothing but temporary electrical impulses. If you don’t identify them with self or your story, they cannot harm you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Identification with the mind gives it more energy; observation of the mind withdraws energy from it. Eckhart Tolle
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The mind thinks incessantly

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We are victims of our monkey minds …

  • The Buddhist term “monkey mind” is a poetic way of describing the mind’s constant chatter. It refers to the little voice in your mind that comments on nearly everything you do or experience. This chattering voice not only distracts you in most situations, but it also uses valuable brainpower. Brad Swift
  • Many centuries ago, Oriental thinkers recognized that the mind is a constant mover and that it is next to impossible to stop it altogether. They compared the mind to a jumping monkey. To intensify the image, they added that the monkey was maddened; then someone got him drunk; and finally, a scorpion bit him. Ervin Seale
  • We’re constantly bombarded with input. And when we allow our actions to flow from the ramblings of the monkey mind, we become really blocked. Brad Swift
  • Essentially, modern life takes the jumpy, distractible “monkey mind” we all started with and feeds it steroids. Rick Hanson
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… slaves to our minds and our constant thinking

  • 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. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is rampant in modern life; unproductive thinking rules us and controls our lives. Dr. Alejandro Junger
  • According to scientists, we have about 60,000 thoughts a day. That’ one thought per second during every waking hour. No wonder we’re so tired at the end of the day! And what’ even more startling is that of those 60,000 thoughts, 95 percent are the same thoughts you had yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. Your mind is like a record player playing the same record over and over again…Talk about being stuck in a rut…Still, that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the next statistic: for the average person, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative. That means that every day most people have more than 45,000 negative thoughts. Marci Shimoff
  • In case you haven’ noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that never stops. It just keeps going and going. Have you ever wondered why it talks in there? How does it decide what to say and when to say it? How much of what it says turns out to be true? How much of what it says is even important? If you’re smart, you’ll take the time to step back, examine this voice, and get to know it better. Michael Singer
  • Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly —you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind creates 50,000 thoughts a day! The trick is not to become attached to any of them. Brad Swift
  • Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get its teeth into problems. That’s why it does crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind unconsciously loves problems because they give you an identity of sorts. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is not uncommon for the voice to be a person’s own worst enemy. Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy. Eckhart Tolle
  • Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head. Mark Twain
  • The power of the mind is your power. Use it. Don’t let it use you. Terri Guillemets
  • From the point of view of the meditative traditions, the entire society is suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Thinking can only serve to measure out the helplessness of thought. Rider Haggard
  • Incessant thinking
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Become the detached watcher of your thoughts

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Try stepping back and observing your thoughts without judging or identifying with them

  • Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by ‘waching the thinker,’ which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You’ll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind. Eckhart Tolle
  • The best instruction is always to watch the mind. Patrul Rinpoche
  • Observation
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Realise you are not the thinker or your thoughts

  • The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not the “thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realise that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also begin to realise that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken. Eckhart Tolle
  • Basically, you’re not alone in there. There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. The first is you, the awareness, the witness, the center of your wilful intention; and the other is that which you watch. The problem is, the part that you watch never shuts up. If you could get rid of that part, even for a moment, the peace and serenity would be the nicest vacation you ever had. Michael Singer
  • When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice — the thinker — but the one who is aware of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that. Eckhart Tolle
  • If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming. When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it. If you don’t understand this, you will try to figure out which of the many things the voice says is really you. People go through so many changes in the name of “trying to find myself.” They want to discover which of these voices, which of these aspects of their personality, is who they really are. The answer is simple: none of them. Michael Singer
  • We are not our feelings. We are not our moods. We not even our thoughts. Stephen Covey
  • So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify with your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind the light of your consciousness grows stronger. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is you and there is the thinker. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice—the thinker—but the one who is aware of it. Eckhart Tolle
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Become the detached watcher of your thoughts and emotions

  • Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe. Buddha
  • Witness that you are not the body. Witness that you are not the mind. Witness that you are only the witness. Osho
  • As you watch your mind, you discover yourself as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover yourself as the light behind the watcher. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When the mind is quiet, we come to know ourselves as the pure witness. Deepak Chopra
  • The very fact that you can see the disturbance in your mind means that you are not it. The process of seeing something requires a subject-object relationship. The subject is called “The Witness” because it is the one who sees what’s happening. The object is what you are seeing, in this case the inner disturbance. This act of maintaining objective awareness of the inner problem is always better than losing yourself in the inner situation. Michael Singer
  • Come to know the one who watches the voice, and you will come to know one of the great mysteries of creation. Michael Singer
  • Listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. One day I will catch myself smiling at the voice in my head, as I would the antics of a small 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
  • I’m talking about self-observation. It means to watch everything in you and around you as far as possible and watch it as if it were happening to someone else. Anthony de Mello
  • ‘Unconscious,’ the way I use the word here, means to be identified with some mental or emotional pattern. It implies complete absence of the watcher. Eckhart Tolle
  • Remembering that you are the witness, the watcher. Don’t try to resist your thoughts, nor accept them as truth.  Just watch them the way you would watch children playing – or clouds passing across the sky… completely unattached.
  • It is not our thoughts that cause problems, but our attachments to them. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be present as the watcher of your mind — of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react. Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future. Don’t judge or analyze what you observe. Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction. Don’t make a personal problem out of them. You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher. Eckhart Tolle
  • Look at your mind dispassionately; this is enough to calm it. When it is quiet, you can go beyond it. Do not keep it busy all the time. Stop it – and just be. If you give it a rest, it will settle down and recover its purity and strength. Constant thinking makes it decay. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Attention to a thought or emotion creates space around it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Non-attachment
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Becoming the watcher liberates you from your life drama

  • When we become the observer, we take ourselves one step away from the drama. Becoming observer allows me to let go of expectations and to create a sense of wonder instead of fear about the future. Susan Jeffers
  • I watch myself unfold. I become the observer of my life instead of being trapped in the midst of the drama. Susan Jeffers
  • To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it. Ken Keyes Jr
  • We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story. Maxine Kumin
  • “I wonder what Graeme is going to do now?” I set myself apart from the drama. I become the observer instead of the decision maker. Susan Jeffers
  • Do not take life’s experiences too seriously. Above all, do not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The joy comes when we recognize that whatever situation we may find ourselves in, it’s only a role we are playing. Jean Slatter
  • Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it. Ram Dass
  • Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama. Ram Dass
  • Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now. Werner Erhart
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Become present in the Now

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Become fully present in the Now…

  • Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Only through staying in the present, and Being, can we be free of our mind and its misery, and access the power of Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The present moment is all you ever have. There is never a time when your life is not ‘this moment.’ Is this not a fact? Eckhart Tolle
  • Life can only take place in the present moment. If we lose the present moment, we lose life. Buddha
  • I give up “waiting” as a state of mind. I come into the present and enjoy being. I am grateful for the present and the fullness of life right now. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. Mark Van Doren
  • Be present to the magnificence, freshness, aliveness and depth of this moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • I embrace the present and become one with it. I fully experience it. Deepak Chopra
  • There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One with Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance. Eckhart Tolle
  • The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Eckhart Tolle
  • Past and future only exist as thoughts in your head. Eckhart Tolle
  • I am here now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is.  Say “yes” to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
  • Be here now. Ram Dass
  • Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real. Eckhart Tolle
  • Live in the present
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… free of past and future

  • We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Alan Watts
  • The pastThe future
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Don’t reduce the present moment to a means to an ends

  • Is your goal taking up so much of your attention that you reduce the present moment to a means to an end? Is it taking the joy out of your doing? Are you waiting to start living? If you develop such a mind pattern, no matter what you achieve or get, the present will never be good enough; the future will always seem better. A perfect recipe for permanent dissatisfaction and non- fulfillment, don’t you agree? Eckhart Tolle
  • Are you stressed? Are you so busy getting to the future that the present is reduced to a means of getting there? 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
  • To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. Eckhart Tolle
  • Are you always trying to get somewhere other than where you are? Eckhart Tolle
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Accept what is and surrender to it

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Don’t fight or resist the present moment in any way

  • 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. 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
  • Are you trying to escape the moment, fleeing from it and struggling against it? Or are you inhabiting the moment effortlessly? Leo Babauta
  • At this moment, you are exactly where you’re meant to be. There is nowhere else you can be. Eckhart Tolle
  • Presence is allowing whatever condition arises in this moment to be there. Eckhart Tolle
  • The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. Ram Dass
  • Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Non-resistance
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Don’t judge this moment as good or bad

  • Do you really need to mentally label every sense perception and experience? Do you really need to have a reactive like/dislike relationship with life where you are in almost continuous conflict with situations and people? Or is that just a deep- seated mental habit that can be broken? Not by doing anything, but by allowing this moment to be as it is.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Your acceptance of what is takes you to a deeper level where your inner state as well as your sense of self no longer depend on the mind’s judgments of “good” or “bad.” Eckhart Tolle
  • The first thing to understand about the universe is that no condition is “good” or “bad.” It just is. So stop making value judgments. The second thing to know is that all conditions are temporary. Nothing stays the same, nothing remains static. Which way a thing changes depends on you. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Let go of the need to judge
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Enter presence by surrendering completely to what is

  • I embrace the present and become one with it. I fully experience it. Deepak Chopra
  • We can only Be Here Now when we accept instantly our moment-by- moment emotional experience. Gita Bellin
  • To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be. Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept the present moment without judgment. Eckhart Tolle
  • If I am not feeling at peace, I accept my “non peace.” Anything I accept fully will take me into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others. Eckhart Tolle
  • Non-resistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living. Eckhart Tolle
  • There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Eckhart Tolle
  • To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Eckhart Tolle
  • Non-resistance doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing. All it means is that any “doing” becomes nonreactive. Remember the deep wisdom underlying the practice of Eastern martial arts: Don’t resist the opponent’s force. Yield to overcome. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon. It does not mean that on the outer level you cannot take action and change the situation. Eckhart Tolle
  • You don’t need to accept an undesirable or unpleasant life situation. Nor do you need to deceive yourself and say that there is nothing wrong with being stuck in the mud. No. You recognize fully that you want to get out of it. You then narrow your attention down to the present moment without mentally labeling it in any way. This means that there is no judgement of the Now. Therefore, there is no resistance, no emotional negativity. You accept the “isness” of this moment. Then you take action and do all that you can to get out of the mud. Such action I call positive action. It is far more effective than negative action, which arises out of anger, despair, or frustration. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is perfectly possible to say “no” firmly and clearly to a person or to walk away from a situation and be in a state of complete inner non- resistance at the same time. When you say “no” to a person or a situation, let it come not from reaction but from insight, from a clear realization of what is right or not right for you at that moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender
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Simply be, by becoming aware

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Enjoy the experience of simply being

  • We don’t have in our culture a healthy understanding and respect for the value of Being, which is simply being present in the moment, not trying to go somewhere, not trying to accomplish anything but, just present. Shakti Gawain
  • Watching quietly, listening softly, dance with life, and be. Ariel Diversonac
  • The nature of light is to shine. The way of the river is to return home to its sea. The essence of human is being. Chad Christopher Cobb
  • Sometimes I think and other times I am. Paul Valéry
  • Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. Eckhart Tolle
  • The philosopher Descartes believed that he had found the most fundamental truth when he made his famous statement: “I think, therefore I am.” He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error: to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking. Eckhart Tolle
  • Just be. Just being in the moment in this place is the deepest practice of meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Wherever you are, be there totally. Eckhart Tolle
  • Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. Eckhart Tolle
  • It’s not so much about doing as about being. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Being
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Pay attention to what is.  Be totally conscious and aware.  

  • When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far- off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself. Michel de Montaigne
  • When walking, walk. When eating, eat. Zen Proverb
  • If we learn how to inhabit now more – with awareness – then it’s almost as if the universe becomes your teacher. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else. Joko Beck
  • The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
  • To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. Mary Oliver
  • Just let awareness have its way with you completely. Scott Morrison
  • Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece. Nadia Boulanger
  • Always, every instant every moment in every circumstance, silent awareness is alive in you. Gangaji
  • Nearly all spiritual practices are based on attention. In fact, whenever you think you have lost the path, or whenever you feel confused by esoteric terminology or technique, remember that all these techniques or teachings are various ways to help you learn to pay attention. Rick Fields
  • Attention is the key to transformation – and full attention also implies acceptance. Attention is like a beam of light – the focused power of your consciousness that transmutes everything into itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Put your awareness to work, not your mind. The mind is not the right instrument for this task. The timeless can be reached only by the timeless. Your body and your mind are born subject to time; only awareness is timeless, even in the now. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Let us not look not back in anger, or forward with fear, but around in awareness. James Thurber
  • Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • Wherever you go, there you are. Confucius
  • Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou
  • Awareness
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How to enter presence

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Enter presence through connecting to your inner body

  • The inner body lies at the threshold between your form identity and your essence identity, your true nature. Never lose touch with it. 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
  • The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body – to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. Eckhart Tolle
  • I always keep some of my attention in the energy field of my body. I feel my body from within. This helps keep me present. I always feel the stillness inside. I keep the portal open in all I do. Always staying rooted within. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the “I Am,” our real presence, can awaken. G.I. Gurdjieff
  • When I need an answer, a solution or creative idea, I stop thinking for a moment and become focused on my inner energy field. I become aware of the stillness. In thought, I go back every few minutes between thinking and stillness. This keeps my mind fresh and creative. Eckhart Tolle
  • To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river. Eckhart Tolle
  • As much as possible in everyday life, use awareness of the inner body to create space. When waiting, when listening to someone, when pausing to look at the sky, a tree, a flower, your partner, or child, feel the aliveness within at the same time. This means part of your attention or consciousness remains formless, and the rest is available for the outer world of form. Whenever you “inhabit” your body in this way, it serves as an anchor for staying present in the Now. It prevents you from losing yourself in thinking, in emotions, or in external situations. Eckhart Tolle
  • Please open your eyes now but keep attention in the inner energy field of the body as you look around the room. The inner body lies at the threshold between your form identity and your essence identity, your true nature. Never lose touch with it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Direct your attention into the body. Feel it from within. It is alive?  Is there life in your hands, arms, legs, and feet – in your abdomen, your chest? Can you feel the subtle energy field that pervades the entire body and gives vibrant life to every organ and every call? Can you feel it simultaneously in all parts of the body as a single field of energy?   Eckhart Tolle
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Try this meditation using inner body awareness

  • When you are unoccupied for a few minutes, and especially last thing at night before falling asleep and first thing in the morning before getting up, “flood” your body with consciousness.
    Close your eyes. Lie flat on your back. Choose different parts of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first: hands, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, head, and so on. Feel the life energy inside those parts as intensely as you can. Stay with each part for fifteen seconds or so.
    Then let your attention run through the body like a wave a few times, from feet to head and back again. This need only take a minute or so.
    After that, feel the inner-body in its totality, as a single field of energy. Hold that feeling fora few minutes.   Be intensely present during that time, present in every cell of your body.
    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
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Enter presence through your senses

  • Your senses (sight, taste, feeling, smell, hearing) are a doorway into presence.
  • Notice, look, feel, listen, sense, and give yourself fully to the experience you are having, and you will drop into the Now. Gina Lake
  • Sense perception is closer to who you are than thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • Sense perceptions are an entrance into presence. Be aware of two dimensions; that which you are perceiving (form) and that which is perceiving (formless). Eckhart Tolle
  • The sense perception is the foreground and the awareness of the perceiver is the background. The background is an underlying stillness, an awareness of the “I am.” Eckhart Tolle
  • If you can be a bridge between the form and the formless, you are a master. You will change the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy
  • Get out of the attic of your mind and into the world of wonder and senses. Eckhart Tolle
  • Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don’t interpret. See the light, shapes, colors, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. George Sheehan
  • Lose your mind and come to your senses. Frederick S. Perls
  • If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it, or smell it, you can be present with it. It is of the present moment, and so it brings to you the opportunity to be present with it. Leonard Jacobson
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Enter presence through stillness

  • When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning. Eckhart Tolle
  • Being aware of stillness means to be still. To be still is to be conscious without thought. You are never more essentially, more deeply, yourself than when you are still. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • Stillness is your essential nature. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the stillness, you will find your true being. In the silence, you will hear the breathing of your soul – and of God. You will find God in the Stillness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • 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. Eckhart Tolle
  • You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, and still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Deepak Chopra
  • To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Chuang Tzu
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Enter presence through conscious breathing

  • It helps to have a focus for your attention, an anchor line to tether you to the present moment and to guide you back when the mind wanders. The breath serves this purpose exceedingly well. It can be a true ally. Bringing awareness to our breathing, we remind ourselves that we are here now, so we might as well be fully awake for whatever is already happening. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • …breathing deeply and regularly is not only the key to remaining calm, but also instantly connects us to a higher vibration. When we’re stressed or fearful, we tend to hold our breath, which cuts us off from our Higher Self and our intuitive vibes. Sonia Choquette
  • Breathing in and out is very important, and it is enjoyable. Our breathing is the link between our body and our mind. Sometimes our mind is thinking of one thing and our body is doing another, and mind and body are not unified. By concentrating on our breathing, “In” and “Out,” we bring body and mind back together, and become whole again. Conscious breathing is an important bridge. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Most of the time, we think too much, and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed, and peaceful. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember. Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending all of these courses. And it’s free. Eckhart Tolle
  • Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Enter presence through mindful doing

  • Take routine activities and give them your full attention, being totally present. This is called Mindfulness. Eckhart Tolle
  • In your everyday life, you can practice this by taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it your fullest attention, so that it becomes an end in itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whatever activity you choose, the point is to focus on the activity itself. Pay attention to the way your body feels. Pay attention to the work in front of you. Pay attention to what you feel (but do not become attached to any feelings). Rachel Rofe
  • Try it for an hour. Every single thing you do should be done mindfully and given equal importance — whether that’s putting something away, walking from one spot to another, picking up the phone, or talking to someone. Leo Babauta
  • To be mindfully engaged is the most natural, creative state we can be in. Ellen Langler
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How to test if you are fully present or not in this moment

  • There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within. Eckhart Tolle
  • Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle. Eckhart Tolle
  • Direct your attention inward. Have a look inside yourself. What kind of thoughts is your mind producing? What do you feel? Direct your attention into the body. Is there any tension? Once you detect that there is a low level of unease, the background static, see in what way you are avoiding, resisting, or denying life – by denying the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Are you stressed? Are you so busy getting to the future that the present is reduced to a means of getting there? Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there,’ or being in the resent but wanting to be in the future. Eckhart Tolle
  • Negative feelings are like an alarm clock telling us that we are not present in the moment. Wake up to the present.
  • Our feelings are extremely helpful in detecting when our mind has slipped from the present moment. Richard Carlson
  • Peace has to dance and silence has to sing. And unless your innermost realization becomes a laughter, something is still lacking. Something still has to be done. Osho
  • Regularly ask yourself “What is my relationship right now with the present moment?” Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you think that something really matters in this world of form, you’ve lost presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • All negativity is caused by denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you notice that some form of negativity has arisen within you, look on it not as a failure, but as a helpful signal that is telling you: “Wake up. Get out of your mind. Be present.  Eckhart Tolle
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Remain present when challenges come

  • So when such challenges come, as they always do, make it a habit to go within at once and focus as much as you can on the inner energy field of your body. This need not take long, just a few seconds. But you need to do it the moment that the challenge presents itself. Any delay will allow a conditioned mental-emotional reaction to arise and take you over. When you focus within and feel the inner body, you immediately become still and present as you are withdrawing consciousness from the mind. If a response is required in that situation, it will come up from this deeper level.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Avoid falling into automatic reactions. Instead, allow challenges to wake you up and make you present. J. Goldwag
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Key questions to ask in this moment

  • What is my relationship right now with the present moment?  Eckhart Tolle
  • What is my relationship to the condition that arises in this moment?  Eckhart Tolle
  • Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing?  Eckhart Tolle
  • Is there space in this moment?  Eckhart Tolle
  • What problem do I have right now? Realise that a problem only exists when you identify with your mind.  Eckhart Tolle
  • What is the energy that flows into this action I am taking?  
  • What’s going on inside me at this moment?
  • Am I here now?
  • Am I being friendly with this present moment? Eckhart Tolle
  • Can I be the space for this?  Eckhart Tolle
  • In what way am I resisting this moment?
  • Where am I right now? Laura Harvey
  • What is this moment like, free of evaluation? Experience life on life’s terms.  Adyashanti
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The rewards of Presence

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1.  Being present adds enormous richness and depth to the moment

  • Beauty arises in the stillness of one’s presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • The moment one gives close attention to anything, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller
  • In the moment, life is fresh and alive. The past and future lose their heaviness. I no longer identify with my story. I let go of my story. It’s secondary. Now is primary. Eckhart Tolle
  • If we are not present to what is magnificent in and around us, we take every moment for granted. Behram Ghista
  • Be present to the magnificence, freshness, aliveness and depth of this moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Is your life great literature (depth and aliveness in each moment) or cheap fiction (each moment being simply a means to an ends.) The former you can reread over and over, the latter just once to find out what happens. Eckhart Tolle
  • The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. Julia Cameron
  • As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power. Eckhart Tolle
  • Each moment is a place you’ve never been. Mark Strand
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2.  Being present brings contentment, happiness and peace

  • As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. Eckhart Tolle
  • To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease and lightness. This state is no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. Eckhart Tolle
  • To be fully present with what is, is to be content and to be content, is to be blessed by everything that happens in life. Michael Neill
  • You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Love, joy and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance. Eckhart Tolle
  • If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy
  • From an experiential point of view, what is ego covering up? It’s covering up our experience of just being here, just fully being where we are, so that we can relate with the immediacy of our experience. Egolessness is a state of mind that has complete confidence in the sacredness of the world. It is unconditional well-being, unconditional joy that includes all the different qualities of our experience. Pema Chodron
  • The artesian well of joy never runs dry. We clog it with our thoughts. Don Blanding
  • When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. The realm of Being, which has been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly a great stillness aries within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred and immeasurable, that which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • Happiness is derived from the essence of your being in this moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Through allowing, you become what you are; vast, spacious. You become whole. You are not a fragment anymore, which is how the ego perceives itself. Your true nature emerges, which is one with the nature of God. Eckhart Tolle
  • The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • True peace is found in this moment. Acceptance is the first step to inner calm. Eckhart Tolle
  • When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up behind us and the future slowly unravels before us. Richard Levy
  • Greater awareness. Abiding peace. Inner fulfilment. These are the rewards of living in alignment with the moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • How to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. Eckhart Tolle
  • The vacation we often need is freedom from our own mind. Jack Adam Weber
  • May those who are impoverished by their thoughts be blessed with the realization of the richness of their spirit. Dodinsky
  • Whatever noble aims we may have, paths we may be on, or necessary efforts we may make, our only real freedom is to awaken now, this very instant, to the mystery and miracle of being, to the spacious awareness that we are. It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for.  Dennis Lewis
  • Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you. There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One with Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance. Eckhart Tolle
  • Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Eckhart Tolle
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3.  Being present opens us to insight and wisdom

  • A higher level of consciousness is awakened. I get in touch with the vast realm of intelligence beyond thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • All true artists, whether they know it or not, create form a place of no- mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you connect with stillness, you also connect with a creative intelligence that is higher than analytical thinking. Very often, the right decision then arises spontaneously. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before. Eckhart Tolle
  • Mind is blocking the fountain of intelligence like a rock. Rajneesh
  • When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek yourself in it and mistake it for who you are. Eckhart Tolle
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4.  Being present allows us to take calm action when it is needed

  • In the state of surrender, you see very clearly what needs to be done, and you take action, doing one thing at a time and focusing on one thing at a time. Eckhart Tolle
  • Then, if action is possible or necessary, you take action or rather right action happens through you. Right action is action that is appropriate to the whole.  When the action is accomplished, the alert, spacious stillness remains.  Eckhart Tolle
  • 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. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear. Eckhart Tolle
  • Doing one thing at a time means to be total in what you do, to give it your complete attention. This is surrendered action—empowered action. Eckhart Tolle
  • Or is there something that you “should” be doing but are not doing it? Get up and do it now. Alternatively, completely accept your inactivity, laziness, or passivity at this moment, if that is your choice. Go into it fully. Enjoy it. Either way, there is no inner conflict, no resistance, no negativity. Eckhart Tolle
  • Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is. Since mind and resistance are synonymous, acceptance immediately frees you from mind dominance and thus reconnects you with Being. As a result, the usual ego motivations for “doing” – fear, greed, control, defending or feeding the false sense of self – will cease to operate. An intelligence much greater than the mind is now in charge, and so a different quality of consciousness will flow into your doing. Eckhart Tolle
  • Surrender is perfectly compatible with taking action, initiating change, or achieving goals. But in the surrendered state a totally different energy, a different quality, flows into your doing.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Through non-resistance, the quality of your consciousness and, therefore, the quality of whatever you are doing or creating is enhanced immeasurably. The results will then look after themselves and reflect that quality. We could call this surrendered action. Eckhart Tolle
  • Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming.  Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.  Bruce Lee
  • In the state of surrender, I see clearly what needs to be done. I take action, focusing on one thing at a time. Calmly and in the now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The action you take after surrender is always more effective than when you fight against life. Eckhart Tolle
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5.  Being present liberates us from our minds and from the past

  • The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind. Eckhart Tolle
  • To see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it. Ken Keyes Jr
  • Life repeats itself mindlessly — unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. Osho
  • If it is the quality of your consciousness at this moment that determines the future, then what is it that determines the quality of your consciousness? Your degree of presence. So the only place where true change can occur and where the past can be dissolved is the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whereas mind-energy is hard and rigid, Being-energy is soft and yielding and yet infinitely more powerful than mind. The mind runs our civilization, whereas Being is in charge of all life on our planet and beyond. Eckhart Tolle
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6.  Being present lets us get in touch with our divine essence

  • Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life- form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves. Until this happens, however, most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence.  This means that is is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature.  But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it.  You can know it only when the mind is still.  Eckhart Tolle
  • If we look inside and embrace our true essence we bless the source of life. Micheal Teal
  • There is a mysterious force inside that animates you. It is covered up by thoughts and the mind’s ideas about who and what you are.  But all true spiritual teachings point away from a fascination with the little “me” and toward a fascination with that mystery under the thoughts.  This is the fertile ground for awakening. Once the mystery wakes up to itself it realizes that this is what it truly is and has always been, but it cannot be described.  Adyashanti
  • Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called “God.” Even belief in God is only a poor substitute for the living reality of God manifesting every moment of your life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Presence is the original state before the universe was born. In every being, the essence of being itself is present as presence.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness. Ramana Maharshi
  • If God is the essence of the whole of creation, then God is the essence of every creature, and every person. This is why the search to discover the nature of one’s own innermost essence is the search for God. Peter Russell
  • Something inside you emerges….an innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself.  Eckhart Tolle
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7.  Being present makes us more alive

  • The living self has one purpose only; to come into its own fullness of being. H. Lawrence
  • To be awake is to be alive. Henry David Thoreau
  • Some people say, the world can be so alive! It always is, you just do not know it because you’re lost in your thinking. You notice it as you become more awake. Eckhart Tolle
  • Is there aliveness in you or have your eyes glazed over in thought? Eckhart Tolle
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8.  Being present helps with addictions and cravings

  • I am present with any addictive impulses I may have. I observe them as they arise. All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • Desires are just waves in the mind. A desire is just a thing among many. I feel no urge to satisfy it, no action needs be taken on it. Freedom from desire means this: the compulsion to satisfy is absent. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Everything we seek in form to complete ourselves, including the stimuli of food, drugs, entertainment and things, is a substitute for the aliveness of being. Eckhart Tolle
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9.  Being present helps free us of the ego  

  • How would you feel if someone outside really started talking to you the way your inner voice does? How would you relate to a person who opened their mouth to say everything your mental voice says? After a very short period of time, you would tell them to leave and never come back. But when your inner friend continuously speaks up, you don’t even tell it to leave. No matter how much trouble it causes, you listen. Michael Singer
  • If you want to free yourself, you must first become conscious enough to understand your predicament. Then you must commit yourself to the inner work of freedom. You do this as though your life depended on it, because it does. As it is right now, your life is not your own; it belongs to your inner roommate, the psyche. You have to take it back. Stand firm in the seat of the witness and release the hold that the habitual mind has on you. This is your life—reclam it. Michael Singer
  • Once you’ve made this freedom the meaning of your life, there are spiritual practices that can help you. These practices are what you do with your time in order to free yourself from yourself. Michael Singer
  • Transcendence of the world is to act and to interact without any self- seeking. In other words, it means to act without seeking to enhance one’s sense of self through one’s actions or one’s interactions with people. Ultimately, it means not needing the future anymore for one’s fulfillment or for one’s sense of self or being. There is no seeking through doing, seeking an enhanced, more fulfilled, or greater sense of self in the world. When that seeking isn’t there anymore, then you can be in the world but not be of the world. You are no longer seeking for anything to identify with out there. Eckhart Tolle
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10.  Presence awakens consciousness for the good of ourselves and the world

  • Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. Ram Dass
  • You and I are the force for transformation in the world. We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into. Ram Dass
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Success is nothing more than a successful present moment

  • Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment. And what is that? There is a sense of quality in what you do, even the most simple action. Eckhart Tolle
  • By realizing that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking at this moment. There is always only this one step, and so you give it your fullest attention. This doesn’t mean you don’t know where you are going; it just means this step is primary, the destination secondary. And what you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now. Eckhart Tolle
  • When doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of Being, that is success. Unless Being flows into doing, unless you are present, you lose yourself in whatever you do. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be more interested in your inner-state in any given situation than what is happening in the outer situation. What is my inner- state at THIS moment is always primary. Dealing with external situations, the outcome of this situation or that situation or this person agrees with me or does not agree with me… all these are secondary things.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness. Eckhart Tolle
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Presence is our primary purpose

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In life, we have an inner and outer purpose  

  • Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that. You share that purpose with every other person on the planet—because it is the purpose of humanity. Eckhart Tolle
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Our inner purpose is to awaken to this moment

  • Your inner purpose is to allow consciousness to arise through being present in the moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are! Eckhart Tolle
  • The present moment is always small in the sense that it is always simple, but concealed within it lies the greatest power. Like the atom, it is one of the smallest things yet contains enormous power. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you have lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary. But why did anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. And why did you do that? You thought something else was more important. You forgot your main purpose. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that. You share that purpose with every other person on the planet – because it is the purpose of humanity. 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
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… in order to express and release consciousness

  • Opening yourself to the emerging consciousness and bringing its light into this world then becomes the primary purpose of your life. Not your aims or your actions are primary, but the state of consciousness out of which they come. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be true to life by being true to your inner purpose. As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power. At first there may be no noticeable change in what you do—only the how changes. Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. Eckhart Tolle
  • Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are not here to merely survive but to soar, to express and release the dynamic power of consciousness residing at the deepest center of your being. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Molecules dissolve and pass away, but consciousness survives the death of the matter on which it rides. Deepak Chopra
  • Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. Ram Dass
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Our outer purpose is whatever we want to achieve through the doing

  • Your secondary purpose is whatever you want to achieve through the doing. Eckhart Tolle
  • Being present does not mean you neglect whatever needs to be done on a practical level. In fact, the doing unfolds not only more easily, but more powerfully when the dimension of Being is acknowledged and so becomes primary. The outer purpose of the universe is to create form and experience the interaction of forms—the play, the dream, the drama, or whatever you choose to call it. Its inner purpose is to awaken to its formless essence. Then comes the reconciliation of outer and inner purpose: to bring that essence—consciousness—into the world of form and thereby transform the world. Eckhart Tolle
  • Make sure your goals are dynamic, that is to say, point toward an activity that you are engaged in and through which you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole. Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor and writer and so on, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives. Feel how that activity enriches or deepens not only your life but that of countless others. Feel yourself being an opening through which energy flows from the unmanifested Source of all life through you for the benefit of all. Eckhart Tolle
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Awakened doing is when outer and inner purpose align

  • Awakened doing is the alignment of your outer purpose—what you do—with your inner purpose—awakening and staying awake. Through awakened doing, you become one with the outgoing purpose of the universe. Consciousness flows through you into this world. It flows into your thoughts and inspires them. It flows into what you do and guides and empowers it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whatever you do, you will be doing extraordinarily well, because the doing itself becomes the focal point of your attention. Your doing then becomes a channel through which consciousness enters this world. This means there is quality in what you do, even in the most simple action, like turning the pages in the phone book or walking across the room. Eckhart Tolle
  • When Doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of being that is success. Eckhart Tolle
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Final thoughts

  • Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you. There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One with Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance. Eckhart Tolle
  • The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Eckhart Tolle
  • Something inside you emerges. An innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life. Buddha
  • Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you. Friedrich Nietzsche
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