E for Exhausted, Envious and Empty? –Empowering thoughts from Eckhart Tolle

Exhausted… tired, drained, running from pillar to post to satisfy expectations set sky high?

Envious…looking at the fancy facebook lives, exotic vacation posts, promotion news, awards and other’s “blessings” and “luck”

Empty…drained , depleted of  positive thoughts ,  just wanting to sleep yet with a mind that refuses to wind down enough

Is this how you have felt recently? You are not alone.

Under the pressures of a world that has always lauded material success but has not concentrated on the inner strength that empowers true success, you find young children buckling under academic stress, students as young as grade 5 set to prepare themselves for the next 7 years their life to get into IIT, professionals  drowning themselves in work to get that elusive break, mothers SAHM or working ..trying to burn the candle  not just at both ends but in the middle too!!

To top it, you are constantly chided on social media  all around, making you realise how much more you could be doing – Fitness goals, superchef goals, entrepreneur goals…There just doesn’t seem to be enough time, and you can barely catch up.. (even with four planner apps and email reminders and alarms!)

Yet we are in love with our crazy lives. We proudly proclaim I have to be in two places  at once”.. “I didn’t get two hours of sleep last night” .. We push ourselves even harder trying to catch hold of that elusive happiness we seek..

Here are five thoughts to  empower and energize you …  to be happy NOW from my favourite Eckhart Tolle

  1. To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence. 
  2. Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, (which is never not now.)
  3. All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past. 
  4. Your life situation is never perfect; it is filled with externals circumstances that are meant to challenge you. If you depend on your life situation to make you happy, you will live in a state of unhappiness and discontentment.
  5. Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not

Thus very simply, the present moment can only be as it is. Envious thoughts and endless mental strife trying to change it only frustrates and exhausts you leaving you empty. Complete Acceptance of the Now relieves you of this needless extra suffering. As your focus on the NOW, your personal command over the situation improves, and although the task is difficult, action feels effortless and you are left feeling positive and energized!

5 comments

  1. True that we can feel exhausted, envious and empty with the way our lives are these days. Living fully in the present moment is the key to our peace of mind. Eckhart Tolle is one of my favourite spiritual teachers too. Have you read my first post of this #AtoZChallenge where I have mentioned Tolle’s book ‘A New Earth’: http://soulmom.in/new-earth-eckhart-tolle/
    Nice to get connected here. Good Luck!

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  2. Thankyou so much for writing and sharing this. It has been a hectic week and my son has been having a fairly dark time and I’ve been trying to get him to school, feel better…the works including anchovies! Yesterday, I hit a parked truck while I was trying to park, find a park, be in two places at once and failing and hadn’t eaten much all day. So, I have definitely flagged this as a wake up call. I’m looking forward to reading your other posts.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  3. We certainly all live busy lives – and the fish bowl of the internet can make it hard not to feel overwhelmed with what maybe we “should” be doing further. It is important to focus on your own goals and needs to manage your own expectations. I think that starts to calm the noise.

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