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When you look upon another human being and feel great love toward them, or when you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that love or that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why love and beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.

Another profound reflection from Eckhart Tolle. Another simple but powerful practice to incorporate into everyday life – taking any moment from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Life is NOT inherently meaningful, we must find or create meaning in every experience or it is possible to tread this earth for days on end with no sense of purpose at all. Take a moment, take two, stop, CLOSE YOUR EYES, feel – it’s there, always available, an endless supply, on demand…beauty, love, meaning, life. Beauty and love are our natural state, our true ESSENCE, we have simply to peer through all the barriers we have built around them.

I have been aware of this power of love in relationships for a few years now, that there is no ONE soul mate for each of us but rather people that act as vessels from which our own soul is reflected back toward us. To be completely open and honest I have had a great love tell me he’s not sure I’m “the one”. Devastating at the time but personal growth inducing nonetheless. In one sense his observation is completely accurate – the reflection he saw was obviously not his ideal picture, not how he thought love would look, things rarely ever are. I do believe though it is the essence and not the vessel that is being overlooked. It baffles me that it sometimes takes us years to come to this conclusion in a relationship, in fact at the time of first meeting our TRUE NATURE is present and will remain so UNCHANGED for as long as we explore each other’s lives. Yet we are drawn to something in each other strongly enough that we try to mould the vessel to look more like what we’d imagined. We tend to be drawn towards a quality in someone that we would like to cultivate within ourselves. When I reflect on the before mentioned great love of mine what I was drawn to most was his sweet, gentle disposition, his dreamy eyes that were kind and also serious and a complicated but brilliant mind he lived inside more than was helpful to us. I wonder what qualities out of those I wanted to cultivate in myself? I wonder if I did over the 2 years we spent together? In any case, I saw great beauty in him and great love towards him. Similarly with a more recent love, I was drawn to his calming energy and simple happy approach towards life, I believe that is his true nature but there were several barriers built around that we couldn’t permeate together.
In retrospect I see that I loved them simply because I was looking at them from a place of love and that is how we can potentially see anyone if we focus that energy toward them. It is a bittersweet revelation as I now have the ability to see love and beauty in many people but I can also quickly see that there are those that can’t or don’t.
I just sat down to write from a place of inspiration induced by that quote, it’s always an interesting journey the way words/thoughts unfold, I would love to hear from anyone else that is inspired by these beautiful words of Eckhart Tolle’s, comment below if anything stirs in you or reflect quietly to yourself on the nature of beauty and love and it’s original source.