“No self. No Problem,” said the Buddhist Master when asked to explain the deeper meaning of Buddhism.” Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle p.36

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small-little-zen“Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream on thought.”   Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle p.17

I love Meditative thought books. A book without a story, beginning, or ending. Just food for thought that contains bite size bits of knowledge allowing the reader to think gently or deeply about something. The focus is not within the pages, but within your thoughts, feelings, and aspirations. The Tao Te Ching is Art perfected in this form. Each time I read the Tao , I feel a peaceful faction of knowledge sooth me. It is my understanding and interpretations that intrigue me to revisit the same pages over and over again.

I enjoy my weekly trips to the bookstore immensely. I feel close to my dream of being a writer, a certain satisfaction that I have figured out exactly what I am going to do with my life. In the words of my favourite author Paulo Coelho: “My Personal Legend”; my chosen purpose. This week, I picked up a Eckhart Tolle’s meditative thought book: Stillness Speaks. It was exactly what I was looking for without knowing it. So here are some meditative food for thought from Eckhart Tolle.


stillness-speaks-by-tolle“The Human condition: lost in thought.”     Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P.13

“A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you.”     Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P. 85

“Doing one thing at a time” is how one Zen Master defined the essence of Zen. 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.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P. 66


“When you become aware of silence, immediately there is a state of inner alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of years of collective human conditioning.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle  P.5

“Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don’t want to be where you are. Here, Now.”     Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P.16

zen-garden-bridge“This one moment – Now – is the only thing you can never escape from, the one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens, no matter how much your life changes, one thing is certain: it’s always Now. Since there is no escape from the Now, why not welcome it, become friendly with it?”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P. 39

“The mind is incessantly looking for not only food for thought; it is looking for food for its identity, its sense of self. This is how the ego comes into existence and continuously re-creates itself.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle p. 27

japanese-gardenSurrender comes when you no longer ask, “Why is this happening to me?”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle p. 70

“Feel the energy of your inner body. Immediately mental noise slows down or cease. Feel it in your hands, your feet, your abdomen, your chest. Feel the life that you are, the life that animates the body. The body the becomes a doorway, so to speak, into a deeper sense of aliveness underneath the fluctuating emotions and underneath your thinking.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P.21

joshua-tree-zen“When your attention moves into the Now, there is an alertness. It is as if you were waking up from a dream, the dream of thought, the dream of past and future. Such clarity, such simplicity. No room for problem-making. Just this moment as it is.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P.44

“Artistic creation, sports, dance, teaching, counselling – mastery in any field of endeavour implies that the thinking mind is either no longer involved at all or at least is taking second place. A power and intelligence greater that you and yet one with you in essence takes over. There is now decision-making process anymore; spontaneous right action happens, and “you” are not doing it. Mastery of life is the opposite of control. You become aligned with the greater consciousness. It acts, speaks, does the work.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P.23

zen-crossing“Sages and poets throughout the ages have recognized the dreamlike quality of human existence – seemingly so solid and real and yet so fleeting that it could dissolve at any moment.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P. 104

“True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment. The inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P. 118

still-waterfall“Leave Life alone. Let it be.”    Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle P. 73

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10 Responses to Stillness Speaks: Meditative thoughts by Eckhart Tolle

  1. Another lovely post, the photographs are a nice touch. Always such a nice energy behind your posts. I often have a similar experience in bookstores – I go in without a specific purpose, and then end up finding the perfect book that I didn’t know I was looking for.

  2. Liara Covert says:

    To dream of becoming a writer in future is to forget what you already are at present. Shift thoughts to the now and revive where you are

  3. Nadia-Happy Lotus says:

    Eckhart Tolle rocks! He is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for such a great post. Stillness is so powerful and the selections you put up were perfect.

  4. Eddie says:

    Eckhart Tolle’s books are a must read. Definitely life changing.

  5. Peter Levin says:

    One of my favorites books,

    It is not the easiest thing, for me, to stay in a present for very long. I am mediating, but not as regularly as I should

    Will need to work on a habit to do it consistently

  6. Sterling says:

    I listened to Stillness Speaks in audiobook. His voice and pace of his reading really carries that essence of stillness.

    Loved the quotes you picked, especially the one from page 44.

  7. @ Lisa, I agree sometimes it is just best to go in with an open mind. Cheers

    @ Happy Lotus, The power of Now was very significant in helping me realize that I will be as happy or peaceful as I make my mind up to be.

    @ Eddie, For Sure!

    @ Peter, Glad you enjoyed it. I see your an avid social media fan. I see you all over, and I am glad you take the time to drop by E.Y.D Cheers

    @ Sterling, I will have to check it out when I get the chance. I saw his video blogs and thought it was great.

  8. kalpana says:

    thank you for the power of now each moment of the day is precious. more often than not i am aware when i am not present in the ‘now’. i am hoping to read stillness speaks when i can get.

  9. kalpana perera says:

    thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  10. kalyan says:

    I am going through your book for the third time. I know there is some self transformation happening with me but i am not able to figure it out. I am also at times distracted to watch my thoughts that go hrough the mind. I just wanted to show you my deep appreciation and sharing your personal experiences and I for one love it. I often take snippets of phrass from the book and quote from it. Its only with the intention of absorb the meaning. Coz the more you read the more is your knowledge. And your example of the self and I, is brilliantly written. I can understand that because I was also ar the point a few years back.

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