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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.