Thursday

The Importance of Stillness

In a prior post I wrote about the need to calm the mind in order to succeed on the bar exam. I recently ran across this short video from Eckhart Tolle in which he discusses the importance of Stillness in gaining peace and being present in the Now. These are important qualities for life generally and for remaining calm when others might become stressed -- such as during the multi-day licensing exam we affectionately call the "bar exam".

Sample quote from the video: "In between words is the canvas on which phenomenal existence is painted."





If you found this video useful, you should look into reading some of Tolle's books. For me, the best one is The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Tolle writes like a cross between Heidegger and a mid-1990s popularizer of Buddhism, providing extraordinary insights while remaining on a logical path that points you toward the previously-obscured obvious.

(In the interests of full disclosure, yes, Tolle was selected by Oprah to teach her audience about another one of his books, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose.)

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