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Stillness speaks / Eckhart Tolle.

By: Tolle, Eckhart, 1948-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Sydney : Hodder & Stoughton, 2003Description: 288 pages ; 20cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 157731400X; 0786261102(lg print).Subject(s): Quietude | Spiritual lifeDDC classification:
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New York Times bestselling author Eckhart Tolle -- Learn the transformative power of living in the now

Attaining Eckhart Tolle's state of presence: In Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle illuminates the fundamental elements of his teaching, addressing the needs of the modern seeker by drawing from all spiritual traditions. At the core of the book is what the author calls "the state of presence," a living in the 'now' that is both intensely inspirational and practical.

The power of now: When the pressures of future and past thinking disappear, fear and frustration also vanish, conquered by the moment. Stillness Speaks takes the form of 200 individual entries, organized into 10 topic clusters that range from "Beyond the Thinking Mind" to "Suffering and the End of Suffering." Each entry is concise and complete in itself, but, read together, take on a transformative power.

If you have read The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson, or other Eckhart Tolle books such as The Power of Now, you will want to own and read Stillness Speaks.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 9)
  • Chapter 1 Silence & Stillness (p. 19)
  • Chapter 2 Beyond the Thinking Mind (p. 29)
  • Chapter 3 The Egoic Self (p. 47)
  • Chapter 4 The Now (p. 63)
  • Chapter 5 Who You Truly Are (p. 75)
  • Chapter 6 Acceptance & Surrender (p. 89)
  • Chapter 7 Nature (p. 105)
  • Chapter 8 Relationships (p. 119)
  • Chapter 9 Death & the Eternal (p. 137)
  • Chapter 10 Suffering & the End of Suffering (p. 155)
  • About the Author (p. 171)

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Library Journal Review

Tolle expands on the living-in-the-moment philosophy espoused in his earlier, popular The Power of Now. His method seeks simplicity (too often confused with simplemindedness) by stripping down thoughts and deliberately seeking the titular stillness. This is anything but simpleminded; tuning into silence in this way helps readers achieve inner peace, but to do so requires unlearning and deconstructing lifetimes of patterns and structure. More Sun Tzu than Dr. Phil, this is intended as a tool to help revise one's philosophy of life rather than as a practical method. Though short, the book packs considerable wisdom in its observations, e.g., that "the Truth is far more all-encompassing than the mind could ever comprehend" or that there is a "deeper `I' that has nothing to do with past and future." Motivated, future-thinking readers looking for a challenge will love it; those seeking bang will be bored and frustrated. Given Tolle's popularity, all but the smallest libraries will need to order at least one copy. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Some readers of this slim follow-up to the bestselling The Power of Now may be alarmed that the seemingly wise and gentle Tolle writes in the introduction that his new work "can be seen as a revival for the present age of the oldest form of recorded spiritual teachings: the sutras of ancient India." Tolle explains that the Vedas and Upanishads, as well as the words of the Buddha, the parables of Jesus and the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching can be thought of as sutras in the sense that they share a brevity that "does not engage the thinking mind more than is necessary." Like those great sacred works, Tolle continues, his writings come from inner stillness. "Unlike those ancient sutras, however, they don't belong to any one religion or spiritual tradition, but are immediately accessible to the whole of humanity." Repeating what has become a familiar if no less ominous note in contemporary spiritual life, he adds that this unprecedented accessibility is due to the urgent need for humanity to wake up if we are not to destroy ourselves. It is the stillness that is our common Being-which is the formless container for what is happening in the now-"that will save and transform the world." In the brief chapters that follow, Tolle describes stillness with eloquent economy. Beautiful stand-alone paragraphs offer insight into the defensive nature of the ego versus what he sees as our true being, the attentive, receptive mind behind thought, the spaciousness and peace that blossoms inside when we accept what is, including death. "Your unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind." No one will doubt that Tolle has freed himself from nagging thoughts and fears. But the rest of us? (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved