When the Present Moment is Too Much









The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or awful.

It is as it is. Observe how the mind labels it and how this labeling process, this continuous sitting in judgement, creates pain and unhappiness. By watching the mechanics of the mind, you step out of its resistence patterns, and you and then allow the present moment to be. This will give you a taste of the state of inner freedom from external conditions, the state of true inner peace. Then see what happens, and take action if necessary or possible.

Accept — then act.

Whatever the present moment contains accept it as if you have chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.

~Ekhart Tolle, The Power of Now

3 Comments on “When the Present Moment is Too Much”

  1. Hi Laura…. I’m finishing up reading “The Power of Now.” It was strongly recommended by a friend and I’m finding a lot of Tolle’s thoughts and perspectives to be very calming and relieving.
    You chose a great excerpt to share… and it’s funny how I read something like that passage for the first time and think, “I know that.” But it’s great how Tolle writes to grab your attention and guides you to actually do what you may think you already know. It makes me wonder why we really make everything so difficult sometimes. lol
    Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.


  2. Thanks so much, Rachel! I know what you mean…sometimes it’s the simple things that are the hardest to “get,” and yes, you’re right, his way of delivering the message really resonates! Good stuff! You have a great week too! Vi ses!


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