“Unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind.” – Eckhart Tolle
Through his book Stillness Speaks, author Eckhart Tolle shows us how to find tranquility and our own true nature in stillness. According to Tolle, when we connect to the stillness within, we move beyond our active minds and tumultuous emotions to discover great depths of lasting peace, contentment, and serenity. The Stillness Speaks cards features 50 quotations from the book. The deck comes in an attractive, sturdy flip-top box with a magnetic lid. The top of the box doubles as a frame which can be propped open to display your favorite inspiration cards for ongoing reflection. Beautiful shades of purple grace both the box and the cards themselves. One side of the card is printed with a quotation from Stillness Speaks, while the other depicts one of nine themes: •Acceptance and Surrender •Freedom from the Egoic Self •Who You Truly Are •Silence and Stillness •The Stillness of Nature •Relationships and Stillness •Beyond the Thinking Mind •The End of Suffering •The Stillness of Eternity
“Suffering begins when you mentally label a situation as bad. That causes an emotional contraction. When you let it be, without naming it, enormous power is available to you. The contraction cuts you off from that power, the power of life itself.”
“Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and being comfortable with not knowing.”
“When you live through the ego, you reduce the present moment to a means to an end. You live for the future, and when you achieve your goals, they don’t satisfy you, at least, not for long.”
“Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature, the rustling of leaves in the wind, the falling of raindrops, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn. Give yourself completely to the act of listening. Beyond the sounds there is something greater: a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought.”
“Envy is a by-product of the ego, which feels diminished if something good happens to someone or if someone has more or knows more than you. The ego’s identity depends on comparison and feeds on *more*. It will grasp at anything.”
“If you can learn to accept and even welcome the endings in your life, you may find that the feeling of emptiness that initially felt uncomfortable turns into a sense of inner spaciousness that is deeply peaceful.”
If you enjoy the book Stillness Speaks, you’ll appreciate having these inspirational quotes in a handy format. The attractive box with built-in frame is a nice touch and would make a lovely gift for those who enjoy contemplative and meditative quotes. For those unfamiliar with the book, you needn’t have read it to benefit from the Stillness Speaks Inspiration Cards. Personally, I enjoy the Power of Now Cards more than the Stillness Speaks deck (even though the latter is prettier), but even so, there is great wisdom about stillness and surrender contained in these cards.
Below are three images from this deck:
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