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Friday, November 27, 2009

Tolle Wisdom

The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event--through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you---ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.      Eckhart Tolle

Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free.  That realization is the awakening.  Eckhart Tolle

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I will remind myself to read the above quote again and again.  wow.  What if we could really get this?  That nothing outside of us is ever going to quite do it for us.  Outside stuff can bring great pleasure and temporary joy but it will always be fleeting--it will always come and go.  "It" (substitute:  he, she, they, your job, your art form, your own ego or body) so often disappoints by not meeting some undefinable/un-communicated expectation we have.  "It"will never do it just the way that would bring us the most pleasure.  "It" will never give the "right" things or give enough.  "It" often "makes" us angry or frustrates us;  is too loud, too quiet, too overbearing, too passive, too aggressive, doesn't talk enough, talks too much, isn't active enough, is too active, not smart enough, not sensitive enough, too sensitive, too critical, too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too judgmental, too in-the-box...and it goes on and on. 

Oh my gosh.  But what if no thing, nothing whatsoever, had the ability to zap our peace?  What if our joy depended on absolutely nothing outside of us?  What if any emotion that comes up in us is simply observed/watched/ accepted?  What if we continually come back to our breath, to presence, to whatever IS in this moment and could simply BE here--fully.  Not thinking about being here, not judging what's here, not thinking about what just happened or what might happen next, not wishing we were somewhere else.  But just there, or HERE, as in right now.  Full presence.  Here.  Now. 

"That joy cannot come to you ever.  It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are."

Wow.  Is one with who we are.  

Here's to getting out of the way and being the Joy that we already are, right here, right now.  Nothing to do, nothing to get.  Just here and now, in this very moment, be fully present.  BE YOU.


  1. Thank you for this
    and what an amazing what if-- what if it were true?
    being with discomfort is so nearly impossible for me,but what if, in this moment, I did not label it that way? maybe it is just me, being.
    As someone dealing with infertility, I spend a shitload of time in the land of what if and if only and when... it is so very hard to stay present.

    thanks again,

  2. But it is SO HARD! Are you sharing this with your girls? Can you imagine if our parents had imparted some of this wisdom and we had been practicing for years and years? Do young Buddhists get this stuff? Just wondering...

  3. Oh, but Anne....isn't it so much harder and more painful when we're fighting/resisting/judging/wishing it different/pulling our hair out in frustration?????

    shit. I'm certainly not saying it's easy to be present, i so know it isn't but i know even better how damn hard it is to fight everything...i think we have enough of that in this world.

    And yes, i'm doing my best to share it with my girls--little tiny bits here and there and plenty of examples (from me) on how NOT to do it.

    We CAN do this!

  4. Thank you for this! So the point! Thank you for tackling the what ifs?

  5. Here. Now.

    Lots of love, dear friend.

  6. So beautifully said...

    thank you!


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