“Reincarnation doesn’t help you if in your next incarnation you still don’t know who you are.”
The wonderful teachings and books of Eckhart Tolle will help you get to know how your mind works and become clearer about your life’s purpose. Eckhart teaches us that awakening to a higher consciousness is not something out of our reach or something to gain after many lifetimes, but finds place in being present in this very moment.
I think the Buddhist philosophy connects very wel with the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. His clear instructions of how to be present can be of enormous help with your meditation practice.
He also emphasizes the importance of being silent. The following beautiful quote on meditation and silence I heard from a teacher in Nepal: “Silence is not the absence of sound; silence is a peaceful mind.”