What can we learn about now and emotion from Eckhart Tolle?

When I first learned about Eckhart Tolle, I read not-so-positive reviews. However, I believe in the saying, "If three of us are walking together, at least one of the other two is good enough to be my teacher" (三人行,必有我是焉). There must be some things that we can learn from him.

Tolle argues that in attempt to control our (especially future) life, we may create unnecessary painful illusion. However, I still believe in the importance of planning, and planning is an act to drive our life toward a better direction.

According to Tolle, "many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy." For example, I recall how Jang-eun (played by Kim Jung-eun in Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle), has always resented that her former-gisaeng mother cherishing her Chunyanggak Restaurant more than herself and her own daughter. While Jang-eun channelled her pain into a drive to success, she could not let go her past pain even after achieving successes.

Tolle, an old soul, argues that emotional problems of people are rooted in their identification with their minds. If we can re-frame our perspectives, we can mitigate our emotional problems.

Cherish now and here. We should be aware of our present moment instead of losing themselves in worry and anxiety about the past or future. We must be careful not to allow our obsession with the past and the future to prevent us from giving our full attention to the present moment

Remember that everything passes away – and so does our sadness. However, the same happens for happy moments, that’s why I keep a collection of digital photographs that visually eternalize those happy moments and I can always look at whenever I need / want.

Resist nothing. This is a two-word summary from Eckhart Tolle who overcame his past experiences of continuous anxiety.

Cultivate gratitude. "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." ~ A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Minimize / avoid multi-tasking.

Nature can heal. Spend time in nature. Walk. Swim.



One comment

  1. […] NiLaiShunSou 逆来顺受. Do not worry too easily or too much. Resist nothing. […]


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