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Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Eckhart Tolle

Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle said, “Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts.”

It’s not what we think but what happens in between that brings us peace.  Very powerful.

And French composer Claude Debussy said, “Music is the silence between the notes.” Continue reading

Everything happens for a reason

Everything happens for a reason.  I tried to explain that to my 12-year-old son a few weeks back when he was cut from the hockey team he played on last year.  I told him that sometimes life isn’t fair.  As an adult, you may feel that you are the most qualified for a certain job and then be passed over for a promotion.  But you’ll end up on the path you were meant to be on in the end. Continue reading

Being here but wanting to be there

Spiritual author Eckhart Tolle once said, “Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.”

What a simple yet powerful statement. Continue reading

Happiness is an inside job

Happiness is what we all strive for.  But we can’t look for it outside of ourselves. If we hitch our happiness wagon to someone else’s star, disappointment is imminent.

As self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie once said, “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.”

The good news is that is something we have control over.  Do we feel grateful for what we have?  Passionate about what we’re doing?  Hopeful about the future? If not, what action can we personally take to make those feelings a reality?  As William Arthur Ward once said, “Happiness is an inside job.”

Author Eckhart Tolle talked about separating who you are from your thoughts about who you are.  We all have stories in our head about what our childhood was like and what we are good at and what we deserve.  They are not necessarily facts.  They are descriptions that may or may not be accurate. We might say to ourselves, “She didn’t like me because she said this or didn’t say that.”  In actuality, that person might have been having a daily struggle and you weren’t even on their radar.  It had nothing to do with you.  But our thoughts can create a forest fire out of one match.  Burning up any hopes of happiness.

Instead of letting these loose thoughts run rampant in our mind, we can focus on what is right in front of us.  Our loved ones.  The birds in the trees. The sun on our face.  Our favourite lunch.  An interesting conversation.

This is the key to happiness.  When we own our journey and don’t listen to the stories in our head that tell us all the reasons things are going wrong we can focus on all the things that are going right.  And who wouldn’t be happy about that?

 

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