Eckhart Tolle | Repetitive Thoughts

Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across a documentary featuring Eckhart Tolle. I read his book ‘A New Earth‘ almost 4 years ago while completing my exchange in Maastricht. This book had a huge impact on me — more than any other book I’ve read. It changed the way I viewed both myself and my surroundings. It brought me a new sense of awareness and it is something I’ve carried through over the years in one form or another.

Sun-coloured leaves.

Sun-coloured leaves.

It was while watching this clip that I came to the realization that I have begun to neglect an appreciation for an empty mind. Eckhart Tolle explains that thoughts should be viewed as passing objects of our awareness. Thoughts are transient, they come and go, and all too often we focus in on them and let them repeat over and over. That was what struck me most — that our thoughts are undeniably repetitive. Tolle asks — that thought you just had, have you had it before? Very very often, the answer is yes. Why do we let our minds recycle the same thoughts and let them eat us up as we dwell on them over and over again?

After watching this clip I noticed the repetition of my thoughts. I let each recycled thought pass me by and this brought upon some new kind of clarity.

Clear skies in Maastricht.

Clear skies in Maastricht.

I highly recommend A New Earth and The Power of Now to anyone. There is also a film in the making featuring Eckhart Tolle called Milton’s Secret. They are obtaining funding for the production of their film here: indiegogo.

The photos above were taken yesterday during my run around the city. It was such a beautiful day!

Have a great Saturday. πŸ™‚