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Eckhart Tolle’s 3-level advice on dissolving the ego and acting from consciousness

man, sunset in background, practicing how to transcend conflict
man, sunset in background, practicing how to transcend conflict
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Have you ever been triggered by something another person said or did, and your emotions just ran wild? Afterward, perhaps you thought, “Was that really me?” or maybe, “Wow, what caused me to fly off the handle like that?”

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. — Napoleon Hill

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been listening to a fantastic 10-part podcast/webinar featuring bestselling author Eckhart Tolle, who is interviewed by Oprah on the teachings in his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. …


Wisdom adapted from inventor Thomas Edison

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As writers, the world provides us with a nearly limitless supply of potential topics. However, one can’t be an expert in all of them. Therefore, we sometimes find ourselves running out of things to write credibly about, and creative block begins to set in.

At that point, we might receive the following advice from top writers.

It’s often easier to recycle an old topic, and write about it again from a different perspective, than it is to find a new one.

To get some inspiration on how to do that, let’s take a look at the mindset of American inventor…


When getting in touch with nature is not an option

cityscape — tall buildings overshadowing narrow streets — “the concrete jungle”
cityscape — tall buildings overshadowing narrow streets — “the concrete jungle”
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“When you experience a creative block, get out into nature,” is a piece of advice commonly given to writers. “Feel the presence of the trees. Feel the wind against the back of your neck. Hear the sounds of the babbling brook. Feel the consciousness of the animals.”

That advice isn’t very helpful living in a large city, though. Go outside and all you see are slabs and more slabs of concrete everywhere. Street signs. Traffic lights. Cars. Neon signs in store windows. The only wildlife is squirrels and pigeons, and if you come out late enough, rats. Not terribly inspiring.


Examples of how to apply Eckhart Tolle’s teachings to your everyday life

Awareness or presence: Staring eyes superimposed over ocean waves
Awareness or presence: Staring eyes superimposed over ocean waves
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Presence is a buzzword that has been in the media, and particularly in the personal development sector, quite a bit over the past few years. By staying in the present, in the magical Now moment, you access a deeper, timeless part of yourself. You move from unconsciousness into consciousness.

That’s all fine and good, but we have real-life functions to perform here on Earth. We have bosses to please. We have kids we have to raise and feed. We have elderly parents we have to take care of. We have to wash the dishes, file our taxes, pay the bills…


The young among us show us the way

young man, actively listening and observing
young man, actively listening and observing
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Do you ever feel like you’re missing out on a lot of what life has to offer? Do you feel like your mind is so buried in your text conversations, in social media, in the music that’s playing — and most importantly — buried in your own thoughts — that you’re not paying attention to opportunities right in front of you?

Does it seem like life has been a blur lately because you’ve been so distracted?

That’s definitely been the case for me. The reminder to open my eyes and open my mind came from an unexpected source recently.

Since…


Hold on to your readers’ attention as long as possible

writer, with laptop, lamp, coffee, and books on park bench
writer, with laptop, lamp, coffee, and books on park bench
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Last week I found a 10-part podcast/webinar series featuring Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In each part of the webinar, Tolle goes over one of the chapters in A New Earth, teaching how we can be part of a consciousness revolution in humanity by mastering the power of the present. His interviewer is none other than Oprah.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the content is outstanding. Lessons I learned from Tolle and Oprah inspired two articles about mindfulness I wrote this week.

  • The first was on the natural human…


Advice from bestselling author Eckhart Tolle

shy woman lying on couch, daydreaming
shy woman lying on couch, daydreaming
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Shyness is a hard personality trait to put into words. It’s different from introversion — introversion is being comfortable being alone and, in fact, needing time alone to recharge. Shy people, on the other hand, want to be social. They want more out of social interactions than they’ve been getting but aren’t quite sure how to make that happen.

Let’s see what Healthline has to say about shyness:

Shyness is a feeling of fear or discomfort caused by other people, especially in new situations or among strangers. …


Understanding who they are is all the revenge you’ll ever need

the two-faced covert narcissist
the two-faced covert narcissist
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This morning I was browsing Quora, and I came across questions such as these:

How do you blow the doors off a covert narcissist?

What things hurt a covert narcissist to their core and make them run away and hide from you forever?

Which ten things make a narcissist miserable?

Does the narcissist who hurt you ever get his paybacks?

To sum up, How do I get revenge on a narcissist, particularly a covert one?

As a former victim of narcissistic abuse, I can certainly relate to this idea of wanting to get even. It’s natural. It’s also unrealistic. …


A podcast featuring Eckhart Tolle and Oprah provided the reminder

woman coming face-to-face with her own ego
woman coming face-to-face with her own ego
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In his bestselling books, The Power of Now and A New Earth, author Eckhart Tolle teaches the power of being present, living in the magical moment of Now. Now is all we have, Tolle says.

  • The past is just a collection of memories. When we dwell upon those memories, we waste the opportunity to act in the Now.
  • The future is just a projection of what we want to happen. When we are projecting, we also waste the opportunity to act in the Now.

In his books, Tolle lists various exercises to come back to the present, to get in…

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