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Why Many Who Think of Themselves as "Seekers" Never Find

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

The image of express trains racing by, chasing one another and also going in opposite directions, with only the children looking out the windows while the adults yawn or sleep, is an apt depiction of how many in the modern world race through their day without every really being present.

The human appetite for the “next thing” is rapacious. I almost said “voracious,” until I considered the difference between the meanings of these two words.

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Are You Enjoying the Aliveness of This Moment, Right Now?

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

The children on board the express trains the Little Prince sees racing by when he meets the switchman are excited about life in a way that I remember being when I rode trains in Britain during my earlier years.

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Are You Fascinating by Everyday Life in the Way You Once Were as a Child?

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

One of the most insightful statements Jesus shared with us concerns our need to become like a little child again if we expect to live consciously and thereby experience the divine Presence in our life.

Jesus described becoming like the little child we once were in terms of “humbling” ourselves.

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How We Learn Not to Be Present in Our Life

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

How fascinated are you by your life? Do you find it engaging, enthralling even? Do you relish each moment of it?

For instance, if you took a shower or bath today, did you enjoy the feel of the water on your skin? Did you take time to relax, unwind, and bask in the experience?

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You Aren't the Person You Think You Are, and Neither Is Anybody Else!

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Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks

Have you ever met someone who, when you first encountered them, you didn’t like at all?

But then something happened that caused you to see them differently. Perhaps they became your friend or even someone you married.

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Insight from the Movie Sylvia, Starring Gwyneth Paltrow: Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

The 2003 movie Sylvia, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, and Lucy Davenport, relates the true story of the marriage between the English poet Ted Hughes and the American poet Sylvia Plath.

It’s a rather vampire-like relationship—an example of what can happen between two people when they don’t take the time to really get to know each other and end up either dependently or reactively sucking the life out of each other instead of simply being themselves alongside each other.

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Are You Holding Back from Feeling Happy Because You're Afraid the "Other Shoe" Will Drop?

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

As the fox teaches the Little Prince what it means to form a meaningful relationship with someone, he makes a statement that it’s easy to read right over and yet that has profound meaning:

For instance, if you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three. The closer it gets to four, the happier I’ll feel. By four I’ll be all excited and worried; I’ll discover what it costs to be happy!

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When Things Seem to Be Going Wrong, They Are Right on Course: How Life Prepares Us to Discover Our True Self

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

Our essential self comes into the world intact. In terms of our inner being, we are from the onset who we are—unique, unrepeatable, ever and always to be one of a kind.

What we are not when we start out is secure in this reality.

We instinctually know who we are when we enter the world, but as a baby we don’t know that we know who we are. This understanding is something that has to develop as the brain develops and as life draws it out of us.

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How Someone Who Annoys You Becomes Valuable for Your Growth

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Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks

Is there someone in your life who’s difficult to deal with? It could be a family member, someone at work, or a contractor you are using to remodel your kitchen.

Eckhart Tolle asks in his book Stillness Speaks:

Do you know of someone whose main function in life seems to be to make themselves and others miserable, to spread unhappiness?

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