Quote of the Week – Topic: Life

When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.

Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?

Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal. (Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks)

Whoa! Take a minute and really digest this quote. Yes, it’s deep, but extremely profound. So often we here the phrase, “It’s life or death,” that we forget the two really aren’t opposites of one another. The last sentence of this quote really threw me for a loop. I wanted to post the quote and spread the message; however, I haven’t fully digested its meaning (for me) just yet. I plan to edit this post once I’ve had more time to formulate my response.

But it’s a cool quote, don’t you think? What thoughts or feelings did reading it bring up inside you?

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