I will tell anyone who will listen how much Eckhart Tolle’s, “A New Earth” changed and saved my life. I first encountered the book during a deep depression and reading it literally was my first step out of the abyss. Currently, I am on my third read (reading along with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday) and it is delivering an even greater understanding of life, the ego and how I can further “Awaken to My Life’s Purpose.”
Just yesterday, I was confronted with a situation that I applied some of Tolle’s teachings to and it was brilliant. Then, this morning I read a passage that I MUST share that is so appropriate and I think can benefit us all.
Tolle says in Chapter 7 (pg. 215):
“A powerful spiritual practice is consciously to allow the diminishment of ego when it happens without attempting to restore it. I recommend that you experiment with this from time to time. For example, when someone criticizes you, blames you, or calls you names, instead of immediately retaliating or defending yourself – do nothing. Allow the self-image to remain diminished and become alert to what that feels like deep inside you. For a few seconds, it may feel uncomfortable, as if you had shrunk in size. Then you may sense an inner spaciousness that feels intensely alive. You haven’t been diminished at all. In fact, you have expanded. You may then come to an amazing realization: When you are seemingly diminished in some way and remain in absolute nonreaction, not just externally but also internally, you realize that nothing real has been diminished, that through becoming “less,” you become more.”
Powerful stuff that worked for me yesterday. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you’re looking for something transformative and you’re ready to discover the best that lies within you.
Have you read ‘A New Earth”? SOUND OFF!