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Stillness Speaks Hardcover – August 1, 2003
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New York Times bestselling author Eckhart Tolle ― Learn the transformative power of living in the now
Attaining Eckhart Tolle’s state of presence: In Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle illuminates the fundamental elements of his teaching, addressing the needs of the modern seeker by drawing from all spiritual traditions. At the core of the book is what the author calls “the state of presence,” a living in the ‘now’ that is both intensely inspirational and practical.
The power of now: When the pressures of future and past thinking disappear, fear and frustration also vanish, conquered by the moment. Stillness Speaks takes the form of 200 individual entries, organized into 10 topic clusters that range from “Beyond the Thinking Mind” to “Suffering and the End of Suffering.” Each entry is concise and complete in itself, but, read together, take on a transformative power.
If you have read The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson, or other Eckhart Tolle books such as The Power of Now, you will want to own and read Stillness Speaks.
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- Publisher : New World Library (August 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 157731400X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1577314004
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, I wouldn't wanna speak poorly of any of the works of Tolle. He's a good teacher, and I appreciate this message. I find his original work to be the best by far, though A New Earth is definitely very close to Power of Now. This is the weakest of those three, but I actually might find myself appreciating it. Sometimes you just need a quick little kick in the pants. Or a meditation point. Or there's that one thing you want to be reminded of. This is like the Cliff's Notes version of his books. And that's certainly got its function! Four stars, for me... but as a supplement to Power of Now/ New Earth.
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The book is divided into 10 chapters, each dealing with a particular subject, such as The Now, Acceptance and Surrender, Silence and Stillness, Nature, Relationships, and Who You Truly Are. These are all subjects that Eckhart Tolle has covered extensively in his two other main books, but the difference here is that instead of writing about each theme in great detail, he writes just short statements which can all be read separately. In other words, you can just open the book anywhere you like and read something, and regardless of what you chance upon, it is bound to be very good, inspiring and enlightening. This book is more suited for quiet introspection, meditation and reflection than for the kind of thorough study and exploration that The Power of Now and A New Earth invite. To give you a feeling of what Stillness Speaks really is about, it might be useful to quote from Eckhart Tolle’s introduction to the book:
“This is not a book to be read from cover to cover and then put away. Live with it, pick it up frequently, and, more importantly, put it down frequently, or spend more time holding it than reading it. Many readers will feel naturally inclined to stop reading after each entry, to pause, reflect, become still. It is always more helpful to stop reading than to continue reading.”
This might seem like a rather strange kind of advice from an author, but the funny thing is that this book, more than any other I’ve come across, really does seem to invite the reader to just hold it, look at it, and thus experience or feel the essence of it. It is a rare book indeed that has the power to induce a state of peace and meditation just by being held, but Stillness Speaks carries that little extra special something. It is a beautiful book in all respects, and one to be loved and treasured over a lifetime. Stillness Speaks may be a small book, but in its own unique way, it is a channel of transformation and authentic spiritual maturity.
I don't gel with everything in the book but for me the majority of it is the most useful teaching I've yet found.