I recently re-read both of Eckhart Tolle’s books and was blown away all over again. When I first read them five years ago, I was excited and intrigued by many of the concepts he discussed. On this reading, after an intensive deep-dive into spirituality, I read the same concepts and was struck by how true they now felt, from my own experience. My copies of both books, heavily underlined from my first reading, are now dog-eared and marked on almost every page.
One of my biggest takeaways was this passage from A New Earth:
Someone recently showed me the annual prospectus of a large spiritual organization. When I looked through it, I was impressed by the wide choice of interesting seminars and workshops. …The person asked me whether I could recommend one or two courses. “I don’t know,” I said. “They all look so interesting. But I do know this,” I added. “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember. Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending all of these courses. And it’s free.”
This is a reminder I needed: We can make the pursuit of spirituality as complicated and costly as we like, but that’s always optional. Every lesson and insight we need is available right here in this moment, with this very breath. And it’s free.