“See if you can catch the voice in your head, perhaps in the very moment it complains about something, and recognize it for what it is: the voice of the ego, no more than a thought. Whenever you notice that voice, you will also realize that you are not the voice, but the one who is aware of it. In fact, you are the awareness that is aware of the voice. In the background, there is the awareness. In the foreground, there is the voice, the thinker. In this way you are becoming free of the ego, free of the unobserved mind.”
“Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”
“Always say yes to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say yes to life—and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
“Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”
~Eckhart Tolle ..*
When practicing mindfulness and being fully present in this moment, we release the shackles of our past that have held us back and free ourselves from any other barriers that prevent inner peace. Inner peace can never be found in the past or in the future, it is only viable in the present moment.
With mindful awareness of the present moment we are then able to forgive more easily the wrongdoings of the past, be it from the others or ourselves. It is these wrongdoings that hold us back from progressing and living in a great state of peace. With peace in our being and heart, we are better equipped to love both others and ourselves.
But as Eckhart Tolle suggests, be gentle with yourself and your approach to mindfulness. If you find yourself with an agitated mind, one that isn’t dwelling in the present moment, then forgive yourself for this, because once your surrender and accept this non-peace you are once again at peace.