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60 Best Eckhart Tolle Quotes (POWER OF NOW)

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12 of the Most Famous Eckhart Tölle Quotes on the Power of NOW

“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.”

Eckhart Tölle
The past has no power over the present moment.
The past has no power over the present moment.
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”

Eckhart Tölle
Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment You create a good future by creating a good present.
The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.
People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.
Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.
Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.
All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.
All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.

18 Inspirational Eckhart Tölle Quotes to Empower and Motivate You (A NEW EARTH)

“Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.”

Eckhart Tolle
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.
If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.
Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
Life is the dancer and you are the dance.

“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.”

Eckhart Tolle
In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.
In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.
You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.
What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am. 'Who am I, then'
What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’
Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time.
Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time.

“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”

Eckhart Tolle
Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.
Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.
So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this learn to disidentify from your mind.
So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.
If you are not living this moment, you are not really living.
If you are not living this moment, you are not really living.
If there are people you haven't forgiven, you're not going to really awaken. You have to let go.
If there are people you haven’t forgiven, you’re not going to really awaken. You have to let go.
You are not the voice in your mind, but the one who is aware of it.
You are not the voice in your mind, but the one who is aware of it.

30 Motivational Eckhart Tolle Quotes on Love, Death and Gratitude

“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.”

Eckhart Tolle
To love is to recognize yourself in another.
To love is to recognize yourself in another.
All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.
All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.
What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.
What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.
Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ — and find that there is no death.
Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ — and find that there is no death.
The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.
The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.
Instead of asking “what do I want from life?” A more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?"
Instead of asking “what do I want from life?” A more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?”
Being must be felt. It can’t be thought.
Being must be felt. It can’t be thought.

“A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever.”

Eckhart Tolle
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.
Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.
If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that small.
If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.

“Die to the past every moment. You don’t need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.”

Eckhart Tolle
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.
Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.
Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.
It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.

“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.”

Eckhart Tolle
If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.
If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.
Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.
Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.
I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.
Even the most seemingly unpleasant situations – if you become aligned with it, something good will emerge from that.
Even the most seemingly unpleasant situations – if you become aligned with it, something good will emerge from that.
Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.
Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.
Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.
Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.
Was Jesus the son of God Yes. But so are you. You just haven’t realized it yet.
Was Jesus the son of God? Yes. But so are you. You just haven’t realized it yet.

Eckhart Tölle Short Biography

Born on 16 February 1948, in Lünen, Germany, Ulrich Leonard Tölle, who later changed his first name to Eckhart, is an author and spiritual leader. 

Tölle recounts his childhood in post-war Germany as unhappy, and after his parents separated, he moved to Spain with his father.

At 19 he moved to England, where he taught German and Spanish for 3 years. Tolle would find himself plagued by anxiety and depression.

While in England he enrolled in the University of London, studying philosophy, psychology, and literature. 

In 1977 he was offered a position to do post-grad research at Cambridge University, but stopped shortly after. In the same year, he experienced a transformative revelation.

Tölle used his newfound outlook on life to become a counselor and spiritual teacher, and dedicated the next few years of his life to discovering more of himself spiritually.

In 1995 he moved to Canada, and two years later published his first book The Power of Now. Despite its initial lackluster reception, the book gained a spot in The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000 when Oprah Winfrey promoted the book in her magazine.

Eckhart Tölle is the author of several bestselling books such as Stillness Speaks: Whispers of Now (2003), A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005), and Oneness with All Life: Inspirational Selections from A New Earth (2008). He also holds several speaking engagements each year and has his own webinar series.

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