“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
Who’s that man always sitting by himself on that park bench? He looks so peaceful. What’s his secret? Let’s go talk to him. And so a new spiritual teacher was born.
Eckhart Tolle was a troubled young man endlessly tormented by his thoughts. Upon moving from Germany to Spain at 13, he quit school to escape a hostile environment. Distancing himself from his own thinking would prove harder. He occasionally considered suicide to end an existence that he considered meaningless and without purpose.
At the age of 19, Eckhart moved to London to become a language teacher and, eventually, a scholar at Cambridge. His loathing for life followed him across the English channel. It would be another 10 years before he could find his source of inner peace.
Shortly after his 29th birthday, Eckhart Tolle had a transformative enlightenment experience that stays with him to this day. He realized his true spiritual nature and was finally able to distance himself from his poisonous thoughts. The power of awareness in the “now” remains his core teaching.
Eckhart Tolle spent the following years deepening his understanding while living a marginal life in London. Unemployed and homeless, he had a habit of sitting on park benches and blissfully watching the world go by.
Spiritual seekers began congregating around him to share in his state of peace. Thus began his work as a counsellor and spiritual teacher. He now makes his home in Vancouver, the place he wrote his best seller Power of Now.
“I opened my eyes. The first light of dawn was filtering through the curtains. Without any thought, I felt, I knew, that there is infinitely more to light than we realize. That soft luminosity filtering through the curtains was love itself…”
Read Eckhart Tolle’s entire enlightenment story as described in his book Power of Now.
Eckhart Tolle Quotes
- Stillness and Meditation
- Living in the Moment
- Spirituality and Consciousness
- The Mind
Eckhart Tolle on Enlightenment: