The strongest motivation we possess is the desire to be happy. This is really the desire to experience our authentic Self as peace and fulfillment. Eckhart Tolle describes this journey toward happiness as a journey from feeling empty, angry, sad and unfulfilled to seeing the beneficial aspect of experiencing this pain and finally to acceptance and peace.
Eckhart’s first teaching is to become aware of what is creating unhappiness in our experience. His answer is always that we are lost in our egoic personality, which is limited, and grasping. It is not who we really are. It is completely conditioned and always dissatisfied. The egoic personality always rests in the future or the past. It misses the reality, joy and freedom that exists in the present moment reality.
His conclusion and the other half of this teaching is that to be free we must accept what is. Eckhart says:
"I accept the present moment as it is."
"The present moment is my friend, not my enemy."
"I am in alignment with what is, as it is, in this moment."
"Whatever is happening in this moment is OK, neither good nor bad. It just is."
When we are not in acceptance we judge and resist. We get lost in grasping and pushing away, fighting with life and the flow of our expansion and evolution. Through acceptance we re-align ourselves with our true inner peace and clarity.
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