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It's a book I keep and revisit
on February 14, 2014
I can't recall if I've already reviewed this book (hazards of the ditzy mind), but here it is...either for the first time or the 10th. I say if a book is good once, it's good a bunch of times!
Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle, written in 2003, is a little, 127 page book that I read and re-read frequently. Simple and yet profound in content, it reminds me over and over and over again that the answers I seek, are found in stillness.
Eckhart Tolle has an elegant way of stating simply, that which feels the most complicated. In his many books, he conveys the message of the importance of being in the moment, and of gaining perspective from the egoic chatter the mind so often convinces us is the true and important reality.
I very often use a highlighter when I read; a habit I developed in college to help me find points I want to remember later. I had to laugh because I think I've highlighted every word in this book. That's how deeply it speaks to my spirit every time I read it. The book contains 10 short chapters and I will leave you with a favorite quote from each:
"True Intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found."
"Every thought pretends that it matters so much."
"Your unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstance of your life, but from the conditions of your mind."
"Is life ever 'not this moment'?"
"Reincarnation doesn't help you if in your next incarnation you still don't know who you are."
"Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing."
"We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be - to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now."
"Love does not want or fear anything."
"To every accident and disaster there is a potentially redemptive dimension that we are usually unaware of."
"Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.