Every morning I go for a walk with my dog Chewy. We’re not alone on that walk. Sitting on my shoulder (under my strap) is Eckhart Tolle. Well, not literally. I have all of his books on itunes and I listen to them as we walk. Walking the dog and listening to Eckhart’s teachings is my church, my exercise of mind and body as well as my therapy all in one. A very productive morning I must say.
This Fall in particular I was struck by the beauty of the trees. The colors were magnificent and I know I was not the only one to marvel in their beauty. It was truly an amazing season for Fall foliage this year. I often felt as if I were walking in a painting, the colors were so bold and brilliant.
As I walked and appreciated the beauty and miracle of nature, Eckhart’s words made me particularly drawn the individual leaves as they fell. I watched them sitting up high in a tree and suddenly begin their decent to earth and take up their new position on the ground amongst the other various leaves and elements of nature.
Eckharts words about people and the way we think made me wonder about the leaves. At one point I looked a yellow leaf that sat on a grate (close to falling into a sewer) and wonder about it’s life. Did that leaf spend it’s life (Spring, Summer and early Fall) worrying about when it would die and fall of the tree? Was it scared it would blow off early in a storm? Was it afraid of what the future held for it? Did it complain about the weather or get annoyed by the other leaves and how they behaved or looked? Did it think about it’s early days and what happened to it that made it who it is today? Was it angry at the tree it was on because it was shorter than the other trees therefor not able to provide it with a higher position in the sky? Did it dwell on what other leaves or animals did to it? Did it look below at that grate and pray that it would not fall into it when its time came to die? When it finally fell and landed safely on the grate but still in danger of falling in, did it look at where it fell and say “This isn’t fair! That leaf fell in a better spot! This is terrible. I hate my life. I don’t want to spend the rest of my days on a grate. I’m scared. What if I fall in!?”.
Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Why do humans do all of this? If only humans could be more like leaves.
Until I started to read Eckhart Tolle’s books I spent most of my time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. Like most people on this earth, I was rarely present. I still drift off into those places but with the help of Eckhart’s words I’m able to be more present and joyful than ever before in my life. It’s a beautiful thing that I wish for everyone!
A few of my favorite Eckhart Quotes:
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”