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A couple of months after reading Eckhart Tolle's books I decided to really put these teachings into practice by quitting smoking. I had smoked for over 30 years and had tried to quit a number of times. At first I used a drug to help me quit but then went of it completely after a month. It's been 5 months now, the longest I've ever gone without a cigarette and I hope to continue being smoke free. This has been one of the hardest things I've ever voluntarily put myself through and I NEVER EVER want to repeat the first 3 months of it again. However, I credit the success I've had with Tolle's teachings. I've stayed present for much of the pain of these 5 months. I've come face to face with the seething rage, more times than I realized I would, that was one of the emotions of the pain body that smoking has masked for me. There were times when I just sat with the anger or the sadness, not judging it, not putting a story to it, just sitting with it and allowing it to be and sometimes it would get bigger but always it got smaller. A number of times this exercise would exhaust me physically however, I would always feel some kind of opening that allowed me to feel the freedom of diminishing the long held pain. I am by no means free of all my pain; I still lose my state of present moment awareness on a daily basis; I continue to get caught in the web of my own pain body but now a space has opened that wasn't there before. This gives me hope and inspires me to continue putting forth the effort of staying present in the now.

I recently came out of a rehab facility for substance addiction after attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for 14 years. Although I identified as an alcoholic all those years, I found that not drinking was not enough. I believed that there was a God, but only as a concept and not a living presence within myself. I became unhappy and desperate. My mind was never at peace. My drinking was the only thing that used to calm my mind, and now even that was no longer an option. So I eventually started drinking and using again, even more so than the first time. I almost died as a result of my substance abuse. It wasn't until a counselor at the rehab facility explained it this way--that I have a disease that wants me dead--that I began to finally comprehend the nature of what I was up against. While in recovery someone there told me about a group of AA meetings in my area focusing on alcoholism, ego and self. I had never heard my disease described this way--alcoholism as a mind-powered disease and how it manifests itself in the day I'm in. I immediately connected with the message. One evening, as I was returning home in my car, I heard the first chapter of Tolle's The Power of Now in the author's own voice on Air America radio. I was instantly transfixed. It was as if the universe had placed exactly what I needed to hear at exactly the right time in my recovery. I have been listening to audio CD's of the Power of Now and A New Earth for several months now. Each time I listen, the teaching becomes richer, deeper and more relevant. My awakening has absolutely transformed my life in the way I interact with others, in the way others treat me and in the peace and inner joy I have in my daily life. I enjoy spending time with people much more than I ever have. I listen more. Strangers smile at me in the street. I sense I am emitting a positive energy flow that i know people feel. I am at complete and utter peace with myself. As Eckhardt says, through pain we create the opening for change. I am grateful for the suffering I needed to go through to get me to "crack open my ego," to recognize my compulsive alcoholic thinking so I could dis-identify from it and find ultimately find serentiy in my life. Tolle's teachings are a wonderful companion to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. They work together synergistically to deepen my understanding of myself and my conscious contact with my higher power. Thank you, Eckhardt, for making such a profound difference in my life. I hope I can pass along my experience, strength and hope to other alcoholics who are still suffering in sobriety. Much love to you, John S (AA traditions do not allow me to release my full last name as this is a program of anonymity. I hope you will understand.)

Eckhart Tolle's teachings re-emphasize what I have learned from a progression of self-learning experiences starting with a 12 Step Program about 30 years ago. Letting Go and trusting something other than myself evolved into an exploration of the body-mind where all information pertaining to self resides. Learning how to focus via the Focusing technique into my body's awareness and messages evolved
into deep tissue work and ultimately the combination of both with Integrated Awareness teachings/workshops. Also, calming my mind and body via meditation and Buddhist teachings. Integrated Awareness work is a profound revelation of static body energy surrounding trauma, known and unknown to the mind. When this stress is released and understood a fuller "relationship with the present moment" is actualized. I am so glad to have heard your program this morning and
for the opportunity to listen to Mr. Tolle speak via your web site.
Integrated Awareness can to located on the web. Barrett Lansing is the founder/teacher.
One becomes a teacher for others without having to do anything! The shift in energy becomes a strong 'power of example'
In the later years of my nursing career I explored Holistic Medicine, Therapeutic Touch,& Alternative Medicine. In retirement I turned to art and focused on abstract painting which became another
meditative process and joy.
In the writings of James Hillman I accepted his vision of the Soul
throwing out an image for one to follow. Sometimes it may be an image or a 'knowing' to make a change, or explore an idea. I am aware of the times I have been 'led'; which I believe is not intellectual but an inspirational event that can happen due to living in the now and in my body's felt sense.

I've always sensed something greater than myself. Always thought it would be egocentric to assume Earth held the only life in the universe. That the world of form was all there was. Never had science been in opposition to religion. However, neither resonated for me at a deep level. While it seemed to me that science was beginning to find some common ground with religion (The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton is a good example), I realized science by it's very nature can't make a leap of faith. Conversely, religious scripture is far to open to interpretation. Ministers were either too traditional or too liberal. I'd found some comfort in Deepak Chopra's early work, but nothing life altering. It wasn't until I came across Tolle's work that something (and this is the key word) resonated with me deeply. I could see myself in it very clearly. Perhaps it is because the wording is so psychological in nature (I grew up in a household full of practitioners). When I began to meditate, my life changed. I no longer needed my Lexapro just to make it though the day. Though alcoholic, I was able to quit, easily. I began eating healthy and exercising regularly for the first time in my life (I've lost about 30 pounds so far. My life is far from perfect, but this was the only spiritual teaching that has opened the door to real and lasting change for me. Interestingly, now I can listen to church sermons, read the tao de ching etc. and see the interconnectedness of it all, and why I enjoy listening to this show and hearing everyone express the many different and necessary voices of god.

As old as I am, I never really had a clear understanding of 'ego' until I read Tolle's "A New Earth".
The point that impressed me the most was the comparison of 'dark' being the ego and 'light' coming from the heart. He states that when we become aware of this point, the light goes on and cark cannot exist in light. It was really an ah-ha moment for me.

I have become more tolerant of people who are egotistical, as I understand that most are not aware of this life condition. Of course, I suppose some are arrogant enough to just not care how they come accross.

Thank you for letting me share.

I have been a student of the "wisdom and enlightenment" teachings for 35 years and have been reading Tolle for a few years now but nothing hit me so precisely as his teachings from his latest book on the "fear body' as I transited thru a change in relationships, country of residence, etc etc and all my "stuff" came up. Tolle's Teachings spoke directly to me and finally helped me "see" what I have so destructively evaded for my whole life. I definitely made a huge shift in consciousness with this realisation which I hope expresses itself through my being in the daily world.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story of the impact that Mr. Tolle and his work have had on my life.

It was just a year ago when the economic crisis was starting to take hold and the realization that life as we had come to know it, was changing in a profound way.

A colleague had just announced that he was leaving our company and I was heartbroken over the news. I left work early that day, and sought comfort in my home and with my family.

I could not find a place of peace for myself that day however until I saw a copy of Mr. Tolle's "A New Earth" sitting on my coffee table. A friend had given me the book months before, with a glowing recommendation, and I had not found the time to read it. That day, there was the book, just when I needed it, waiting for me.

Mr. Tolle's words were a salve to my heart that day. I read his book for the first time cover to cover. I have since read it 3 more times. I bought the book on CD and listen to some portion of his words every week.

I have found his humility and wisdom to be grounding and critical at a time when the world has, in so many ways, gone mad. The lessons on the ego, community and contribution have deeply altered my views of the world and my experience of it.

I am grateful to you, Ms. Winfrey and others who "get" Mr. Tolle's messages, for putting the conversations out here for us to particpate in. Mr. Tolle's form of leadership is what we desperately need in this moment. I have given his book to many others since my discovery of it.

All the best,
Lisa

Hello,

I have yet to hear the program, but I really did try several times to read the book. In, I think, the introduction, Mr. Tolle claims to be "enlightened." That put me off immediately, and I could not read the rest, because I was so upset by it!

In my experience, anyone who claims to be enlightened rarely is. If you are an enlightened soul, you know that there is always more to learn, there is always more to the journey.

So I was prejudiced by his statement, and though I usually enjoy this type of reading, and many of my friends recommended the book, I just could not get through it.

Sorry, Mr. Tolle!

Sincerely, Kat Gibbons

While I did not get the chance to hear the program, I just read your introduction to the interview with Tolle. I receive your emails and was intrigued by the fact that "The Power of Now" was the subject of Speaking of Faith.

I too approached the book with not much enthusiasm and some skepticism. I was at a low point in my life, having just gone through some major struggles and health issues. The book was recommended to me as part of my therapy to regain balance in my life and an awareness of myself and of those around me.

So I started reading - quit reading - started reading - quit reading - often throughout the book. Not being one to ever sit still, and be aware of the NOW, it was a challenge to even read the book!

I cannot say I am at the point that I am able to connect with all of what Tolle says - that will take time and lots of space! But I can say that the thought that "now is all I have" and to be aware of that comes to my mind many times a day.

Some of the book's insights, interwoven with my strong faith, have helped me regain a sense of balance in my life. And, perhaps, allowed me to think outside of my traditional spirituality. A good thing to do, I believe.

Nine years ago my sister and I were estranged after the death of my mother. There were legal battles, accusations and tremendous feelings of betrayal. Throughout the past nine years(and the chronological shift from 40 to 50) I had replayed the events endlessly in my mind-reconstructing situations, rewriting responses and replaying the entire event...sometimes even in my dreams. A friend had suggested that I read Tolles book about 4 years ago-I bought it and put it at my bedside. I finally opened it in June of this year. Staying in the "now" although not an entirely new concept, when presented by Mr. Tolle seemed attainable for me. I approached the reconnect with my sister determined to be "present" only to that moment, that conversation, that connection as it stood on its own. It is not an easy task, but it is so amazing to relate to my sister as she and I "stand". When we "remet" for the first time since moms death
as soon as I saw her get out of the car I found myself standing and walking toward her with my arms out stretched-the only thing that mattered was that moment. At that moment I felt more love for her than I have ever experienced with her before. Seriously...We are continuing to build a relationship and although it is not "second nature" yet for me to stay "in the now" the results are so gratifying that I make it my goal with every encounter with her. Its also amazing that she is following suite...we have not spoken about the book or my intention. Pretty cool stuff.

i discovered Eckhart tolle's writings when I was undergoing heavy duty chemotherapy for lymphoma last year...I found little comfort in my way to thinking about Christianity but found his Buddhist-leaning writings most helpful as I struggled to "be here" fully during my illness. I found that actually being present with my illness and fatigue and accepting it as a normal part of suffering in life made it much easier and facilitated spiritual growth in unexpected ways.....

My years in school,growing my intellect,covered a period of 24 years culminating in my becoming a psychiatrist.I thought at that point that what I had gleaned from the years would get me through almost any situation.When I was 47 years old, however, our youngest son as well as another man was taken from the earth by a terrible auto accident. To know the stages of grief is not the same as going through them, I soon discovered.My education and intellect was no match for the multiple and powerful feelings and the parade of painful thoughts that now accosted me. How was I to deal with the needs of myself, my family and my patients while overwhelmed by my loss?
The power of the loss made it impossible to deal with anything but the present instant.Spiritual readings and a spiritual group I had joined were also recommending "staying in the Now". I began to take each day one instant at a time. I began to make progress, if unevenly, as the days passed. Soon it became clear to me that the "why" of the past and the "what if" of the future were causing a useless, almost relentless buzzing of my mind and thoughts until I applied the brakes by returning to Now. Eventually I realized that the Now was actually a Power that was "in me but not of me". Still,it was there to help me whenever I chose it instead of relying on intellect and my past "education".
Soon I would read A Course in Miracles which explained in detail what I had slowly begun to discover. I began to use the concepts of Now and the Power greater than Frank by handing over each session with a patient to Now and the Power. I saw some wonderful things happen in the office of which I was clearly incapable of producing. Although I never abandoned my role or responsibilities as therapist, this new approach brought me healing as well as my patients. Soon I would discern that intellect had much to do with the past and future while intelligence lived only in the Now and was the entrance way to healing. It was also the door to awakening to the beauty and majesty of What We Are.
Thus, your recent communication on Tolle resonated in a powerful way in me. I very much appreciate your sharing Tolle and his books with us.I am also very impressed with your ability to see how the intellect, a very impressive one in your case, can be a two-edged sword sometimes blocking growth and self-realization instead of promoting it. Your open mind is a welcome sight clearly discernible in so many of your communications. Blessings to you,
Frank Cavano
frankcavano@hargray.com

I've been a spiritual searcher for several years. Along with the search for a spiritual practice that would satisfy me, I also have been looking for a way to become the person I want to be rather than the one who seems to be bent on giving everyone the wrong impression of who I am. About 15 years ago "the answer" seemed imminent when I became a member of the Unitarian Universalist church and was introduced to Landmark Forum. It was a beginning but neither was all I hoped for. I left the church, tried another program (Legacy, very similar to Landmark), and reluctantly decided that I would always be a seeker.

I had been active in the many social justice causes (anti-war, anti-racism, anti-homophobia), but when I met someone who was involved in working FOR peace instead of always being against something, I decided that perhaps being with "peaceful people" would bring me the inner peace I longed for. On more than one occasion, when I voiced this need for inner peace, the person I was talking to told me I needed to read The Power of Now, so I did. Then I heard about A New Earth, so I read that too. But it wasn't until I saw Eckhart Tolle with Oprah that it all came together. I love his energy. He's such a precious little elfin man, so unprepossessing, so calm (not at all robotic, as you know). I have tended to shy away from "religions" that rely on the teachings of one person who claims to have all the answers. Somehow, he is different.

What the teaching has done for me personally is to show me a way that I can become the loving person I want to be simply by becoming constantly mindful of the things I do and say; Eckhart calls it becoming the Awareness that sees what is going on. This was not a new message for me. That first Landmark Forum workshop in 1995 had given me my first look at my strong need to be right, and the price I was paying (loss of love). I even had a bumper sticker on the DASHBOARD of my car: "Would you rather be right or be happy?" The answer was obvious; the means, not so much.

The difference between Eckhart's teaching and what I had already learned may be his simple, direct "instructions." He told me about my ego in terms that I had never heard before, as something that we all have that makes us say and do those things we wish we wouldn't. He says not to complain, not to even THINK a complaint. He says not to judge how others live their lives. Just stop. He's convinced me that I will not become diminished if I'm not always right about everything. Those are my biggest obstacles to happiness. I can't explain why Eckhart has been able to do what other practices have not done. Perhaps it has only been possible because I retired last year and have been traveling the country alone in a small motorhome. I used to say that if it were not for other people I'd be happy. Now I'm alone most of the time but I always welcome the opportunity to test my new-found mindfulness.

Eckhart says that if you read his book and you don't know what he's talking about, you're not ready for the message. Well, I was READY, and I've never felt so at peace. A side benefit has been my belief in what Eckhart says about the universal consciousness: that when more and more people become conscious, the whole world will have to become conscious and we will learn to, no, we will HAVE to love one another. And to help that day come I don't have to march or float petitions or "fight" any more. All I have to do is tap into that consciousness; find the frequency; slip into the stream. It feels great to be alive and I'm becoming the real me, more and more every day.

I began reading the Power of Now in early 2007. I could only read it in small chunks then would need to reflect on one point, and often, return to that point. I wasn't sure I was 'getting' it, but I loved reading what Tolle said so simply and directly, some of which I'd heard from my sufi teachers. It was nice to hear the lessons in a non-denominational way that I could discuss with others not of my same religion.

I had been a smoker for a very many years. In April 2007 I got very sick. Flu, virus, whatever, I was flat out for a couple days. I could barely take care of most basic needs. I didn't smoke for two days, but when I started to come around, still pretty sick, my first thoughts were all of smoking: "where's my cigs, where's a lighter, can I make it outside or should I open a window and smoke there." My next thought was "that's insane when you're so ill!" and in the past many times I've gone ahead and smoked in that very situation, even with that same recognition of how crazy it was, thinking I'm hooked. But this time a new thought came: "those are only thoughts, and I am not my thoughts!" And I was free of it.

From that day I've not smoked another cigarette. It wasn't hard, there was no struggle, and I did not have major withdrawals. If the thought of smoking popped up, I answered it the same way.

If I got nothing more from the book or the teaching that would be hugely enough. But I use it often, in many situations. I don't know that I "understand" anything else of it, but to know I'm not my thoughts has been a major tool of liberation.

I was so thrilled to listen to this program again. I listened to the uncut version 3 times! Heaps of thanks and appreciation to the team.

When it was aired last year I had been meditating with a zen teacher for just 2 months. I began meditating because I had watched Eckhart's series on Oprah and felt that I needed something extra to assist me with what he was teaching. I found it almost impossible to stay in the present moment.

Listening to the program again (and again and again!) I found that I understood what he was saying at a very deep level. I had understood it intellectually before but the meditation I have done since has enabled me to really get what he is saying. It also helped me appreciate how far I have come with the meditation, as the first 9 months was sheer struggle. If I hadn't been with a teacher I doubt if I would have stayed the course.

The day after listening to the program I found myself reacting very strongly to my sister's attacks on our mother. I got caught up in the situation before I could stop myself but did manage to realise it and cut the conversation short. Then I got an attack of the guilts for not supporting my sister in her suffering. It was good to be able to have a framework for understanding the modus operandi of the pain body. It is all too real until we dismantle the belief in it.

Krista! What a terrific job you did interviewing Eckhart! I was introduced to him through Oprah's web event and was able to listen every week. As I listened to you with him I was wishing that you were the one that had done the seminar with him. Such great, insightful questions you asked without imposing too much of yourself. I truly appreciated how you asked him how he had his "moment" of transformation. So many have had those glimmers of inspiration that gradually lead to transformation - but he had a moment when it all happened. Great question. Eckhart's books and teachings have so positively affected so many which so valuable to everyone. The more people who can individually find peace, the closer we become to world peace. I am curious that he does not reflect much on how "his" work is a reflection of other past spiritual teachings. I see him as a modern prophet sharing these ancient ideas with us today in today's language. As I watched "Kung Fu Panda" with my family I was so struck by the wise Turtle teacher who said, "Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift - which is why they call it the present." This is a truism that all the great teachers have tried to share with us. "The kingdom of Heaven is within," as Jesus said and all the others. I sometimes feel with Eckhart that he introduces us to these ideas as if they are new. And perhaps for some that is wise. Referencing other past teachers may turn some away. Thanks for letting me babble. You really did a great job, Krista, with him and I really just wanted to thank you for all the work you do. Oprah's XM radio station has a weekly show called the "Soul Series," hosted either by Oprah, Elizabeth Lesser or Rev. Ed Bacon. It would be great if you could share with us what your thoughts are on the "Soul" with them!

I discovered Tolle nearly ten years ago now. I have read both of his books, I think twice each. I have found him to be totally congruent with the life lessons I have learned through my long-time 12 step work.

Although there is much more to it than this, I tend to boil Tolle's message down to this: Be here now. And this is a mantra I use in my daily life. Whenever my mind drifts to the past or the future, I try to bring it back into the present. Even if all I do is recognize, be aware, that in this present moment my monkey mind is cavorting in the psat or rambling through the future. If nothing else, this awareness serves as a pressure valve to release whatever regret, resentment or remorse I may have about the past, and whatever fear, anxiety or expectation I may have about the future. I can say to myself: Okay, in this moment, my mind is in the past, but recognize it for what it is, something already gone by that will not come again, and there's no need to experience emotional stress around it anymore. LIkewise when I spin off into the future.

I find that this message of be here now has made me far more aware of everything in this moment. As right now I am aware of the tactile feeling of the laptop keys as I type away. I see more things in my vision in the present moment. I notice that I notice things that others with me don't notice. I believe this intensified awareness of the moment is a direct outcome of my study and adoption of Tolle's philosophy, if that is what it is. It also grows out of my long-time 12 step work, for the message is very similar, and there are techniques we learn to help.

To those who have just discovered Tolle, or are just now trying to become more aware of the here and now, learning to live in the present moment as fully as possible, I offer this: It isn't easy to get to that point. It takes a lot of practice. Kind of like learning to play a musical instrument. So just keep at it. Even five minutes a day spent sitting in an easy chair and paying attention to your breath going in and out -- call this meditation if you wish but you can also just call it breath awareness--this will help estblish a sense of the present. I don't find this to be the case all the time now, but more often than not (51 percent of the time maybe?) i experience myself experiencing the here and now, even as I stated earlier if that just means a heightned awareness that my monkey mind is tromping through the past or future and I can watch that like I would watch a movie.

I can't recall if this is directly from Tolle's writing or something I read elesehwere or something I came up with myself through his insipration. Anyway I don't want to take credit for it, so I'll give him the credit: Be here now because full awareness and experience of this moment is the closest thing we mortals can come to experiencing eternity.

A paradox exists: when emptying the self, opening it to the present, Tolle (among others) speaks of this as getting to know the self, the opening of the lotus, if you will. To be is not to be. What bothers me about his view is this, and it was well represented by his experience of the woman talking out loud on the bus, as if to somebody, but to no one. He thinks that is the manifestation of the inner noise that mutes the now, if I understand correctly.
I hear this another way. Mental noise demanding attention would be the echoes futile and frustrating interpersonal patterns (leaving aside illnesses that make the noise pathological, I suppose). A person who knows he or she won't get stuck in a Scylla or Charybdis of interpersonal short-circuits won't have the noise to contend with. And it is in learning to relate better in more situations that we get command over the noise. The inner dialogues are sort of rehearsals or re-hearings, useful interpersonally.
But maybe the "self" is the interactivity, the command of the noise, our ability to orchestrate the feelings that speak up.

It is another Sunday and I am out driving and hear the notice for your show at 3pm. I know your shows are always a gift and I make the emotional space to be willing to be receptive to what is presented. Your voices are so soothing. I am immediately drawn in and centering, allowing the room for what is, to be delivered.
I am stuck by how often we move from place to place with our bodies, but not our consciousnesses. We take up the space, but do not exist in it. He speaks to the existence in each moment. To know the one we call ourself and at the same time allow the room for the pain body, or what may come through us or to us, to exist simultaneously with us but not consume us such that we lose our consciousness.
There was such a peace with him, and with you Krista, asking him the pointed questions such as how noterioty may have changed his life. It has and yet he is not consumed with it. It is merely a part of his existence, it is not his true self.
It is his ability to describe living with the ambiguities of life, witnessing them. To live with the many contrasts and still be in the center, present.
I was so struck by him saying there is no drama in his life anymore. As though he has caught up with himself and has learned to live in his body and his life. It takes time and practice. Cultivation.
I do this work, myself, daily. On the addictions medicine unit we talk about mindfulness, of acknowledging the addiction from the true self. The importance of learning to awaken to habitual nature, the simplicity of breathing in each moment and of practicing gratitude in that awakening.
I breathe, therefore, I am.
Cheers, Krista, I love what you offer the world with your shows.
Frann Altman

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Eckhart Tolle this weekend. I have participated in transformative programs based in the work of Werner Erhard for over 20 years and many of the themes and philosophies discussed and written about by Tolle are accessible through the current incarnation of the work of Werner Erhard through the programs Landmark Education.

The core distinctions such as the internal conversation, perceptions of reality as being only perceptions and how they shape our actions are extremely powerful insights that over 100,000 people a year experience over through the Landmark Forum in three days.

Here is the media link on Landmark Education's site and I think you might find the independent research studies to be very engaging.

Also Dave Logan and Steve Zaffron's book the Three Laws of Performance give business people powerful access to some of these distinctions as well.

I have listened for years and keep up the great work.

As was the case with another poster on this site, I am chagrined that it was Oprah that brought Tolle to my attention. I don't remember how I learned of her discussions with Tolle as I rarely watch her show, but participating in the online discussions was life-changing for me. I am familiar with many faith traditions and have read enough of "new age" thinkers to dismiss their writings as useless to me. Tolle was different. My initial impression was that he was an odd man with an odd laugh. But I was quickly drawn in. I think it is the simplicity of his explanations and the wonderful examples he gives from his own life and the lives of those he has counselled. His lack of ego makes him a remarkable teacher. I have learned tools I now use every day to put aside thoughts that are destructive and to value the present. Listening to him again this week in the Speaking of Faith interview was a wonderful refresher course. He truly has changed my life. There are few people I can say that about.

I was feeling horrible last evening and a friend, Rita, called and told me Tolle was on SOF. I put the radio on and felt a sense of peace. I am going to get the The New Earth book and look at it. I am blind and don't feel very peaceful. Tolle spoke of pain bodies and voices in our heads and mine must be an Olympian--always screaming about being worthless unless you hav ea job, have good health, can travel alone well, and make money. I'm so sick of that voice! I wish Tolle or someone would write a book for blind pepole's specific needs, too. I plan to check out your show more often. It seemed interesting. I wish you everys uccess with it.

When I'm walking down the hall to my office in the morning, I try to prepare for the beginning of the workday by "zooming out" to a spiritual perspective. I know that in a few minutes I'll be writing emails, answering the phone, taking directives from my boss, and all the other stuff that seems to fill every second of time while I'm at work. Unless I find a balance, an ease, a peace with myself and the day before I walk in that door, I'll never get it later.

One concept or technique I've used to slip into that "zen" mindset is to imagine I'm moving through water. Water forces your movements to be slow and fluid. As I walk down that long hall and think of moving through water, I feel my gait change, and I feel an easing in my chest, like I've just been told I can have the day off. Also, focusing on this analogy takes my mind off of whatever I was (inevitably) stewing over or stuck on. By the time I get to the door to our suite, I'm ready to receive whatever the morning has in store for me with an equanimity I wouldn't have otherwise had.

I try to take a walk around my lunch break as well, even if only a short one, so I can practice this and other balancing techniques and reset my perspective for the afternoon.

Park Ellis

When I'm walking down the hall to my office in the morning, I try to prepare for the beginning of the workday by "zooming out" to a spiritual perspective. I know that in a few minutes I'll be writing emails, answering the phone, taking directives from my boss, and all the other stuff that seems to fill every second of time while I'm at work. Unless I find a balance, an ease, a peace with myself and the day before I walk in that door, I'll never get it later.

One concept or technique I've used to slip into that "zen" mindset is to imagine I'm moving through water. Water forces your movements to be slow and fluid. As I walk down that long hall and think of moving through water, I feel my gait change, and I feel an easing in my chest, like I've just been told I can have the day off. Also, focusing on this analogy takes my mind off of whatever I was (inevitably) stewing over or stuck on. By the time I get to the door to our suite, I'm ready to receive whatever the morning has in store for me with an equanimity I wouldn't have otherwise had.

I try to take a walk around my lunch break as well, even if only a short one, so I can practice this and other balancing techniques and reset my perspective for the afternoon.

Park Ellis

I am amazed at the synergies of different but similar stories and movements. I became part of "selfleadership.org" five years ago and it teachers similarly to Eckart Tolle's work, A NEW EARTH. I delivered a paper at the 2006 International Conference for Social WOrkers in Hong Kong in which I sated that Descartes idea: "I think therefore I am" is at the heart of perpetual conflict in our world. When what I think defines who I am and what you think defines who you are then we have to fight for who we are. What if the "I am who I am and then I respect therefore the who that you are" then mutual respect and shared responsibleness can bring harmony in our internal and external worlds. In other terms: when my parts are part of the whole of me, and when the whole of me welcomes the whole of you and your parts.....harmony and balance will come. I believe more and more that what ever you want to call it: Buddha Spirit, Consciousness, Jesus, Islam higher Self, Hindu Guru...it is the light in all of us. It is being the "I am who I am" without needed to impose that on anyone else. It is the power of now now. It is being authentically "I am" without imposing or intruding on any other I am that is. It is authentic presence in the now in the past and into the future that heals all.

Christianity's greatest asset is the person and authentic presence of Jesus and its greatest liability is the presentation of Jesus as the ONLY way. The way is "authentic presence in the inner and outer world in the moment which his Jesus! Lost to many churches Jesus is in every person. When Jesus declared "I am the way", his focus was not on any particular religious tenet as many churches would have us believe. Rather his way was the way of being authentically present in the now of each person's day, sacrificing the drive to be reactive to the design to be proactively compassionate toward everyone and everything, and to live in peace internally and relationally regardless of the external threats. Jesus is not the way as any church defines Him. The way is Jesus as He lives so we should live also.

I am a member of the United Church of Christ and a pastor and psychotherapist. The shift in awareness described above is the shift that Eckart is talking about. It is a shift from over and against any parts in me or you to a calm, compassionate, courageous embrace of all people as who they are regardless of anything. This parallels the Dalai Lama's "Unbiased Compassion" It is what everyone has and everyone in the world needs. Let's let the self of compassion and calm rise up and settle down in all of us to the glory of God and the good of humanity. Dr. Donald L Paine, www/parakalein.org

eckart tolle tells us that we are an individual of the past......it is good that we let go of the previous events...bury them and never think of them!

I got married 6 months ago to a wonderful man. We have many similarities along with many differences in our way of thinking. Listening to The Power of Echart Tolles Now brings theses differences into perspective. I am a very forgiving person, some very hurtful bad things have happened to me, but I have always been able to move past this, be the bigger person and forgive, then move on. This is a quality that my husband loves about me, yet it also irritates him to no end, and has caused a few disagreements between us. He sometimes feels that I make myself a door matt for others to step on, because I can just let things go. I would love for him to listen to this pod casts as I think Mr. Tolles has made some sense of this. I agree with everything he says. I do not obsess about the past and the future, I am a pro at turning of the background noise off, turning of the mind and rising above thinking. These are qualities I have, but they are qualities he does not. He is at times full of anger and feeling sorry for things he does not have, he most definite wants what the future has to offer but when it gets here, his ideas of what the future should be has changed so he is always disappointed. He has asked me many times how do you do it? And I do not have an answer for him. It is just who I am. I will end with agreeing with Mr.Tolles you’re inside thinking influences the outside world around you.

Having seen many of Eckhart Tolle's interviews, read book, it all makes sense. I understand it. I have recently started practising observing my thoughts, emotions, reactions. I find that more than observing I am judging myself for having thoughts, emotions, reactions. A voice in my head says..there you are thinking again..there u r feeling angry again. I am really struggling with this. Anyone else feeling this or have felt this in their journey in the past. I would really appreciate any advice on this.

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