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The Art of Presence

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Is it possible that the simple act of being is not actually that simple? That to really be here now requires practice, like any other skill worth learning? On "The Art of Presence, " Eckhart Tolle invites you to a six-session audio retreat to teach you how to deepen the moment-to-moment realization of your essential nature the unified consciousness that lives in all things ...more
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Published September 1st 2007 by Sounds True
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Jan 31, 2017 Jay rated it liked it
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Ever wanted to hear Eckhart compare the pain body to Gollum? I think it's on the fourth session. The audio quality from these six retreats is poor. I've often wished Eckhart would bring his own wireless microphone setup, but he seems to have relied upon crappy house mics for these presumably earlier ( sessions. In the spirit of acceptance, this does make you more present, since you have to listen with more intense focus. I really like the Sounds True lady, I'm surprised she h ...more
Tolle runs a quite humoristic workshop, sometimes he's very funny, so much that I stooped in my tracks and started laughing out loud ((view spoiler)).

"The only source of suffering is the human mind".

Liked his pointers about zen.

I liked his advice against carrying your history with you, into meeting new people.

I also found mesmerizing his interpretation of reincarnation as the constant incarnation of an unruly awareness in ev
May 29, 2012 Les rated it really liked it
Oct 05, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
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A great follow up to the Power of Now.
Nov 07, 2010 Nymphcompute6547 rated it really liked it
eckhart is amazing no matter what his subject, refreshing.....
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Mar 07, 2017 Major Doug rated it did not like it
Listened to this seminar: BLUF = consciousness without thought via 'be'-ing in the now - I didn't get it, and it was very poorly dubbed. Eckhart is the funniest guy he knows though...
Lisa Weber
Feb 25, 2017 Lisa Weber rated it it was amazing
This is the first Eckhart Tolle book I was able to listen to, and I very quickly realized that I wanted to hear everything this man had to say. The format is that of a recorded retreat rather than an actual writing. While speaking to a group, he speaks slowly, and stops frequently to assess his words, and decide what to say next. At first, I found this frustratingly slow. In a very short time however, I found that I appreciated this pace. It allowed me to absorb what he had said and and contempl ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Jonathan rated it liked it
The Art of Presence (Audiobook 6 cds) - Tolle

This book did not get me thinking. Instead, it helped me to breathe more deeply.

This audiobook, is a recording of a retreat/conference that Tolle led. It is meditative, humorous, and philosophical. As a spiritual teacher, Tolle examines the practice of being present in awareness, becoming less associated with the ego and form, and thus experiencing more freshness and life being connected to all that is around you.

Tolle uses core teachings of Zen Buddh
Jan 31, 2009 Donald rated it liked it
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Eckhart makes some good points regarding presence and the present moment. I think he'd like us all to enjoy the now. He questions the future as something that isn't now yet.

He also brings up the balance of quality vs. quantity in life. I like his analogy of the inexperienced swimmer, probably because I can relate so well to that. We all have been inexperienced at one thing or another, at some point in our lives. In the analogy, he says that someone who doesn't know how to swim, expends a lot of
Kevin Summers
Nov 25, 2014 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it
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Sample quote on the topic of compassion: “Your presence is the presence of God in this world. … When the separation that comes from being identified with thought--that sense of separation--between me and the other being trapped in a form and identifying with the form, then you cannot recognize the other as ultimately one with yourself. … All you see is the otherness. … And that’s not a pleasant reality. … When you are identified with form, you see only another form. There is no realization of co ...more
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Jun 17, 2015 Mayor McCheese rated it liked it
This book made me go bananas in both a good way and bad way. Tolle is a visionary and speaks many truths. At the same time, I felt a lot of pressure to abandon by normal life and become a monk or to engage in more meditation. I was not able, over the course of a weekend, to obtain a state of zen, which made me quite anxious indeed. Ultimately I was putting too much pressure on myself and decided to stop the book.
Feb 16, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-favs
Great refresher for daily practice of living in the Now!
Sep 18, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
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Audio was unnerving as Tolle chuckled and snorted into the mike at his own witticisms. Didn't finish.
Jul 18, 2010 Amita added it
There is no ART of Absence since we are usually absent from the NOW. This is learning how to stay PRESENT in the NOW instead of rushing towards the future or reminiscing the past.
Dec 02, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Ended up listening to the entire audio book with the initial intent of just browsing. Very ESTian. Zen-like philosophy of living in the moment....something to strive for.
Lisa Casino
Jun 06, 2009 Lisa Casino added it
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Aug 28, 2014 Stephen Walmsley rated it really liked it
Struggled with him years ago. Almost out this aside 40% of the way through. Glad I realized it was my mind limiting the value!
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Eckhart Tolle , born Ulrich Leonard Tolle, February 16, 1948, is a German-born writer, public speaker, and spiritual teacher. The New York Times has called him "the most popular spiritual author in the nation". He is the author of the bestsellers "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth".
Tolle had an unhappy childhood in Germany and Spain. His depression reached its peak during early adulthood in Engla
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