Eckhart Tolle’s words are thought provoking, soothing and sometimes challenging. It is strange that I find myself revisiting this particular excerpt time and again.
“A Buddhist monk once told me, ”All I have learnt in the twenty years that I have been a monk can be summed up in one sentence – All that arises passes away. This I know.” What he meant was this – I have learnt to offer no resistance to what is; I have learnt to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus have I found peace.
To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away. Cycles will come and go but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.
You will find the joy of being within you as you enter the state of non-resistance. Even if everything was to crumble and collapse all around you, you would still feel a deep inner core of peace. You may not be happy but you will be at peace.”