Recently I read Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth in the space of about 24 hours. It’s a book that gave me a lot of joy, peace and aliveness. It gave me awareness of my ego, and in times it has cropped up in life. His wisdom and the way he brings it to the reader is very impressive and incredibly useful for anyone.
One of the stand-out topics for me was the idea of acceptance. I think it’s a concept that is so hard for most people to grasp and live out, and that’s why I see a lot of unhappiness in the world today.
Here are a few quotes on acceptance:
“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 this moment.”
“The gap between ‘I want’ and ‘what is’ is a constant source of anguish.”
“Right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or let it make me miserable.”
“The primary source of unhappiness is never the situation but the thoughts about it. Situations are always neutral.”
“Instead of making up a story, stick to the facts.”
“Seeking happiness leads to the antithesis of happiness.”
“If you can be absolutely comfortable with not knowing who you are, then what’s left is who you are.”
“Let go of story and return to the present moment. If the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?”
“If you don’t mind being unhappy, what happens to the unhappiness?”
“You cannot be happy without an unhappy story.”
“Be what you already are. You can’t argue with what is.”
“Nonresistance, nonjudgement and nonattachement are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.”