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Holiday Stress: How to Relax Your Way Through the Season Now?


Daily Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle’s Stillness Speaks

In any given moment, we have a choice. We can be here in this moment now, or we can allow our attention to be directed elsewhere.

Most of humanity seem to be unaware they have a choice.

And indeed, until we become aware that there is always a choice, we really don’t have a choice!

Eckhart Tolle in his book Stillness Speaks puts it this way:

Whenever you become aware of yourself “living for the next moment,” you have already stepped out of that egoic mind pattern, and the possibility of choosing to give your full attention to this moment arises simultaneously.

The key words are that the possibility of choosing arises. Nothing and no one can do this for us. We have to, in each moment, make the choice to be present or to be elsewhere.

If you find yourself rushed right now with the holidays upon us, you can make the choice not to dwell on all the things you have to do.

Instead you can give your full attention to what you are doing at this moment, which is reading this blog. You can exercise the awareness to really take it in, sitting with it in the context of your life, instead of just hoping to grab a “tip” so you can rush on to the next thing you have on your to-do list.

An amazing thing happens when we choose to focus fully in the now. Somehow life seems to manage to flow and we get done what has to be done.

How can it be possible that, when we don’t fret and worry about how we’ll accomplish everything, things work out so well?

Eckhart explains:

By giving your full attention to this moment, an intelligence far greater than the egoic mind enters your life.

When Eckhart says this intelligence “enters” your life, it isn’t that the intelligence isn’t already present. On the contrary it’s at the core of our being at all times. But it enters into our experience of life. That is, we actually begin living from this intelligence.

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