Humans have just one superpower—the power to create.
Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. (Tao Te Ching)

Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there. (Eckhart Tolle)

“Or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. It’s a split that tears you apart inside.”

That terrible feeling of stress, frustration, and anxiety is your body telling you that something is wrong. You have forgotten that now is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be.

To be stressed is to believe that you need a different set of external circumstances before you can be happy. But if you are seeking liberation in external form, you will continue to seek for a lifetime—experiencing only brief, temporary relief from the agony. You’ll feel split, torn apart, like something is dreadfully wrong.

“To create and live with such a split is insane. The fact that everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it any less insane.”

When you feel that you have no power, like you are adrift on a stormy sea—it can only be that you have forgotten what is real. Your faith is in external form, in idols, in the realm of the impermanent. This is an error and it can easily be corrected. You do have power in every situation. You can either leave the situation, do something about it, or fully surrender to it and let it be. Those are your options. Why stress?

You cannot be threatened by any external situation or condition imposed upon you. You are the source of power because you are the force of life. What is real about you cannot be threatened by anyone or anything. Remember this as you go deeply into the fear, the stress, the anxiety. Access the power of now, know that everything is happening for you not to you, and stress will dissolve. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Quotes from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

 

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