Unhappiness and Inner Pollution

Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is, just as you are responsible for the planet. As within, so without: If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution. Read these thought-provoking ideas.

Are you carrying unspoken resentment? Do you realize that the energy you thus emanate is so harmful in its effects that you are in fact contaminating yourself as well as those around you? Have a good look inside. If there is even the slightest trace of resentment, unwillingness, observe it on both the mental and emotional levels. What thoughts is your mind creating around this situation? Then look at the emotion, which is the bodyís reactions to those thoughts. Feel the emotion. Does it feel pleasant or unpleasant? Is it an energy you would actually choose to have inside you? Do you have a choice?

Maybe your thoughts and emotions about this situation are justified, but that makes no difference. The fact is that you are resisting what is. You are making the present moment into an enemy. You are creating unhappiness, conflict between the inner and the outer. The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.

Negativity is never the optimum way of dealing with any situation. In most cases, it keeps you stuck in it, blocking real change.

So how do we drop negativity? By dropping it. How do you drop a piece of hot coal that you are holding in your hand? How do you drop some heavy and useless baggage that you are carrying? By recognizing that you donít want to carry the burden anymore and then letting go of it.

Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Eckhart Tolle. Reprinted by permission of New World Library.
Adapted from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 2004).

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Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy2 years ago


Ken W.
Ken W.2 years ago

this is good

J.L. A.
JL A.2 years ago

good reminders

Shirley Angel
Shirley Moes3 years ago


J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good reminder

Ela V.
Ela V.3 years ago

i've heard this before: it's not a good excuse to mistreat people and then tell them: "it is only you who's responsible for your inner weather".

Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst3 years ago

thanks for the article... surround yourself with POSITIVE and HAPPY people, they are harder to find than you would imagine hey....bitterness is killing us humans

Nichole Dahlen
Nichole Dahlen3 years ago

Hmm... I do believe that we should try to get rid of our inner negativity. however, I'm failing to see the parrellel between outer pollution and inner pollution... could you explain?