BBETTERDAILY: The Power of Now

Here are a bunch of quotes from Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now” just to provoke some thoughts, get your juices flowing, and get your focused on the NOW!


  • “I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten” – Page 6
  • “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly—you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.” – Page 13
  • “all the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind” – Page 14
  • “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness” – Page 19
  • “Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind — or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body” – Page 20
  • “It wasn’t through the mind, through thinking, that the miracle that is life on earth or your body were created and are being sustained” – Page 20
  • “You may not yet be able to bring your unconscious mind activity into awareness as thoughts, but it will always be reflected in the body as an emotion, and of this you can become aware.” – Page 22
  • “Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance” – Page 24
  • “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within” – Page 24
  • “Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind” – Page 25
  • Nobody’s life is entirely free of pain and sorrow. Isn’t it a question of learning to live with them rather than trying to avoid them?The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.

    The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.” – Page 27

  • “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath” – Page 32
  • “The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.” – Page 35
  • “an emotion is the body’s reaction to your mind” – Page 36
  • “Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power if within, and it is available to you now” – Page 36
  • “The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.” – Page 37
  • “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” – Page 38
  • “When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are” – Page 40
  • “To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation” – Page 40
  • “Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be” – Page 41
  • “Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now” – Page 41
  • “The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future — which, of course, can only be experienced as the Now”- Page 50
  • “Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence” – Page 50
  • “To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment” – Page 59
  • “Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place” – Page 64
  • “Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally” – Page 68
  • “You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present” – Page 75
  • “…words in themselves are not important. They are not the Truth; they only point to it” – Page 85
  • “Don’t get stuck on the level of words. A word is no more than a means to an end. It’s an abstraction. Not unlike a signpost, it points beyond itself” – Page 90
  • “At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is” – Page 105
  • “…the ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in the transcendence of the world” – Page 117
  • “You find God the moment you realize that you don’t need to seek God” – Page 122
  • “[Relationships] do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you” – Page 127
  • “As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter” – Page 131
  • “Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it, although you may not see it at the time” – Page 147
  • “It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive.” – Page 149
  • “You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension. Or perhaps your very success became empty and meaningless and so turned out to be a failure” – Page 152
  • “Nothing out there will ever satisfy you except temporarily and superficially, but you may need to experience many disappointments before you realize that truth” – Page 155


Here’s something we don’t do often enough- get to know a “stranger.” We interact with people we don’t know almost on a daily basis, yet we don’t take 3 mins out of our day to find out anything about them besides the courteous “How are you doing?” to which we usually get a thoughtless, “Good.” We have more in common than we realize and you could brighten a stranger’s day- and they just might brighten yours too. Watch this quirky video which shows that it’s really not that difficult to make friends while you’re out and about. Today, I challenge you to slow down for just a moment to get to know someone a little, maybe the cashier at the store you frequent, the person sitting next to you in class or at the table across from you at the restaurant. Just smile, say hi, introduce yourself and be natural.

BBETTERDAILY: Works without BELIEF is dead

Belief is hidden strength and one’s own power. Without firm belief in you, all your intellectual capabilities will be futile. Your belief can raise you above discouraging circumstance, disappointing and ridicule. Unfortunately, many youngsters lack this and hence their performance is miserable in various situations.

The simple word ‘Belief” creates wonders and see its greatness in you.

A few years ago a college student, who was struggling to build his career, appeared for his professional examination. He attempted his first paper excellently but he imagined that he performed badly.

Keeping this in mind, he lost concentration for the rest of the subjects and in turn, didn’t write the other subjects well. Later on, the results came out that the paper he thought was poorly written had secured top marks in the college but in the other subjects, he failed. Why did this happen? The reason is simple: lack of belief in himself.

To become successful, your task is to fuel your mind with positive thoughts only. Under no circumstances should you deposit negative thoughts in your mind bank.

Negative emotions are the real enemies which ruin your career. They are the obstacle for your progress. So, don’t underestimate your talents and try to overcome all weaknesses. Once a negative thought grips you, it has a tendency to breed itself and produces an endless chain of similar weak thoughts. In such a situation your self confidence is under great pressure.

You have to believe that your worth is great and tell yourself you can do everything. So, your foremost duty is “like yourself and know your power”.

Undesirable criticism can be most demoralizing and it induces in a person a poor estimate of his own powers and inhibits his efforts. Remember, don’t allow people’s negative criticism to take hold of you and make you its victim. But most of us think small and become small. To like yourself means to like your body, your brain and your situation without any grumbling and comparisons with others.

A confident person is sure of his capabilities and doesn’t need to trot them out. Most students postpone their work due to lack of belief in them. This will seriously affect their future career. A combination of belief and self confidence makes impossible things possible.

So, believe in your hidden strengths and talents. It is a very great achievement indeed!

Copyright © 2009 Srinivas Vissapragada
Assistant Professor, K L University Business School
Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India


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