“The light of your presence needs to be strong enough so that you no longer get taken over by the thinker or the pain body and mistake them for who you are.” Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.
(Contented Seagull in Porto)
I love Eckhart Tolle! Before we left Ireland on this Portugal trip I was a little overwhelmed by the level and scale of organisation I would be required to perform in order that we leave on time with everything we needed. Even reading that now makes me smile because it doesn’t really matter what you bring or forget, you make do. Anyway, at the time I needed help so I played The Power of Now audiobook on continuous loop, in the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom and even in the car. Every time I went to get groceries or to the post office Eckhart was sitting in the passenger seat chatting to me about the benefits of staying in the present. Oh, he’s great company. Always focussed, never complaining about my driving or what I forgot to buy or post.
Anyway, here we are weeks later and I hadn’t been talking to Eckhart for a while. Yep, I stopped listening to his words, I stopped sitting beside him and discussing whether it was really practical to accept anything… at all. Really, Eckhart? Do you really, truly mean I have to accept everything my partner does? Are you sure you were thinking about Denis when you said those words? Anyways, we’d stopped talking and you know when you stop talking it’s kind of the beginning of the end, right?
(Porto from the Dom Luis I bridge)
Nope, turns out Eckhart is true to his own words, when I needed him he was here, in this moment, on my computer, just waiting for me. And he was full of the same wise words he spoke to me in the car. Ah Eckhart, you’re the best! So the quote above is particularly special because as soon as I remembered him and stuck the earphones in my ears there he was telling me exactly what I needed to hear…
It is so easy to be fooled by your thoughts or the pain stuck in your gut and think, this is me. No, it is not you. You are so, so beautiful. You are not the pain. You are not the brokenness. You are in there somewhere underneath the thoughts, underneath the pain. Where all is at peace. Where there is love, there is joy. You are so, so beautiful. This is freedom… I loves Eckhart.
You are so beautiful, Mairead.