A guided meditation on the nature of awareness (aliveness) with Eckhart Tolle.
"Most people confuse the Now with what happens in the Now, but that's not what it is. The Now is deeper than what happens in it. It is the space in which it happens. So do not confuse the content of this moment with the Now. The Now is deeper than any content in it."
"When you step into the Now, you step out of the content of your mind. The incessant stream of thinking slows down. Thoughts don't absorb all your attention anymore, don't draw you in totally. Gaps arise in between thoughts - spaciousness, stillness. You begin to realize how much vaster and deeper you are than your thoughts."
"Thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, and whatever you experience make up the content of your life. "My Life" is what you derive your sense of self from, and "my life" is content, or so you believe."
"Many expressions that are in common usage, and sometimes the structure of language itself, reveal the fact that people don't know who they are. You say: "He lost his life" or "my life," as if life were something that you can possess or lose. The truth is: you don't have a life, you are life. The One Life, the one consciousness that pervades the entire universe and takes temporary form to experience itself as a stone or blade of grass, as an animal, a person, a star or a galaxy.
Can you sense deep within that you already know that? Can you sense that you already are That?"
"The next step in human evolution is to transcend thought. This is now our urgent task. It doesn't mean not to think anymore, but to simply not be completely identified with thought, possessed by thought"
"Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness."
~ Quotes by Eckhart Tolle
(Thank you to Diamond_Mind for posting this guided meditation and quote)