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Discover the Essence of Who You Really Are
These powerful meditations and poetic reflections will comfort, inspire, and gently bring you out of the hectic day-to-day and back to the bedrock of peace, and even joy, of your true, essential, and authentic self. By encouraging you to see the limitations of your everyday, conditioned personality, Steve Taylor empowers you to step outside of it so you can breathe the fresh air of freedom. His words will guide you on a journey through the landscape of wider awareness, pointing out the obstacles and landmarks along the way to enlightenment. A profound modern spiritual text with the power to transmit awakening, The Calm Center will help you open to the deepest and highest experiences of a life fully lived.
Dr. Steve Taylor is the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality, and is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. For the last three years he has been included (this year at no. 31) in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the "100 most spiritually influential living people." His books, published in the United Kingdom, include Waking from Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and The Meaning. His books have been published in 16 languages, including Dutch, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish and Spanish. The Calm Center is the first book by Taylor to be first published in the U.S.
Eckhart Tolle has described his work as "an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present." Andrew Harvey has said of his work, "Its importance for our menacing times and for the transformation being birthed by them cannot be exaggerated."
Taylor has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University. His articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Psychologies, Natural Health, Kindred Spirit, and Resurgence. He and his poetic reflections have been featured on Eckhart Tolle TV, and his work has been featured widely in the media in the UK, including on BBC Breakfast, BBC World TV, Radio 4 and 5, and in The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Mail.
Steve lives in Manchester, England with his wife and three young children. His website is stevenmtaylor.com
Eckhart Tolle is a sought-after speaker and teacher, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Now and A New Earth. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Eckhart Tolle
The Only Place The Challenge Divine Dissatisfaction (The Opening) Become the Sky The Voice inside Your Head The Core The Secrets The Story The Alchemy of Attention The Spiritual Teacher The Shock The Light (from Different Lamps) The Mask When Problems Seem to Lie Ahead The Struggle The Pressure to Do The Fall The Sea Space The Smile There Is No Need A Moment without Thought You Don’t Have to Think Time to Stop Striving When You Lose Yourself The Night Is Alive The Wilderness The Mellow Glow The Fortress The Primal Soul The Same Substance Death, the Mysterious Stranger The Great Dictator The Gentle Sway of Death The Off-loading The Trees I Am Eternally Grateful I Am One of the Free The Play Can You Be Happy with Nothing? Step Outside Yourself The World Is Reborn The Beginning of the Universe The Trees (2) The Unease The Meaning The Strangeness The Force The Perfect Paradox The End of Success The End of Desire Savor This World, Savor This Life The Project Back Home The Essence
Acknowledgments Index of First Lines About the Author