ECKHART TOLLE’S FINDHORN RETREAT – STILLNESS AMIDST THE WORLD – Summary
– a world drowning in information
– Presence in Nature
– Be still with other people, like you are in Nature
– “You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes.”
– “When you are present in this moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future.”
– clouds teach you about the world of form – how nothing in life is fixed/is always in flux
– “The sun never sets. It is only an appearance due to the observer’s limited perspective. And yet, what a sublime illusion it is.”
– “When you let go of attachment to labels, to your story, you become alive to the present moment.”
– listen to a bird – pure listening – no judgment – just awareness
– step through the portal of now.
– “What does it profit you if you gain the whole world and lose yourself?”
– like a scroll – on the left, you will know the past; on the right, you will know the future – the centre panel is “the now, the present”. “Roll up the scroll of your life on which your stor is written, past and future. Before books, there were scrolls – roll them up when you are done with them.” [Put your story away; People usually live carrying a burden of past and future, a burden of their personal history, which they hope ill fulfil itself in the future – roll-up the scroll and be done with it.”]
– seek out a tree, and let it teach you stillness
– Seek out Art – it’s original purpose was the communication of the sacred.
– “The nature of the tree: still, yet active and intensely alive, reaching toward the sky.”
– Let go of excessive thinking & see how everything changes. Don’t make demands of others; allow everyone to be as they are. You don’t need to change them, you don’t need them to behave differently so that you can be happy.
– the dilemma of human existence – the compulsive searching for more; continually living for the future
– Outer space and inner space are ultimately one
– “It has been said that there are two ways of being unhappy: not getting what you want, and getting what you want.”
– Achievements in life do not provide people with what they re really looking for – themselves.
– “An animal is not burdened by a continuous stream of thinking; it is deeply rooted in being; it does not create a world of problems – it is one with life.”
– “I am not waiting for the arrival of spring. I know there is a time for action and a time for refraining from action. I am surrendered to the present moment. I am one with a life.
– “This, too, will pass.”
– “No matter how long your journey appears to be, there is never more than this: one step, one breath, one moment – now.”
– Nature (a tree, a flower, the sunset): contemplate it – it is awe-inspiring – if your mind is still, you can sense the peace that emanates from the earth.
– Thought subsides when you pet your dog or you have a purring cat on you lap.
– We’re here to find that dimension within ourselves that is deeper than thought.
– “How insignificant we seem to be, compared to the vastness. And yet that vastness, that infinite depth , is within us, inseparable from who we are.”