Eckhart Tolle

I haven’t yet read ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle though I was once a volunteer gardener at a Buddhist retreat centre and I had to try to ‘stay in the moment’ while weeding, collecting slugs for relocation and lugging large wheelbarrows full of leaves to compost heaps etc. It was a silent retreat centre and I sometimes found myself saying “Hi Squirrely Squirrely” to the squirrels. I think I even once conversed with a duck. Most of the brief conversations I had with people tended to be about organic gardening. Sometimes at meals I found I’d forgotten to relocate some slugs and they were still in my pocket. Ram Dass tapes made me giggle in my spartan bedroom. Once I found an empty cardboard loo roll in the bathroom with ‘Please save me!” scribbled on it and I wondered if it was a message from one of the other people staying in the huge house. I then realised it referred to recycling. However the moment is, of course, hugely important…even when one wishes one was in a luxury hotel by the Med and not up very early hunting for a long list of vegetables required by the kitchen staff.

I have started to read Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘A New Earth Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose’ and, so far, I have found it insightful and wise. He doesn’t want to be anybody’s ‘Guru’. I have even watched some of the excellent discussions between him and Oprah Winfrey on
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/archive/archive_watchnow.jsp

Lots of love,

Grace

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  1. Margarita says:

    I am so greatful to Eckhart Tolle and Oprah for turning me onto Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and her beautiful book “”My Stroke of Insight””. Her story is amazing and her gift to all of us is a book purchase away I’m happy to say.

    Dr Taylor was a Harvard brain scientist when she had a stroke at age 37. What was amazing was that her left brain was shut down by the stroke – where language and thinking occur – but her right brain was fully functioning. She experienced bliss and nirvana and the way she writes about it (or talks about it in her now famous TED talk) is incredible.

    What I took away from Dr. Taylor’s book above all, and why I recommend it so highly, is that you don’t have to have a stroke or take drugs to find the deep inner peace that she talks about. Her book explains how. “”I want what she’s having””, and thanks to this wonderful book, I can! Thank you Dr. Taylor, and thank you Eckhart and Oprah.

  2. Grace says:

    Dear Margarita,

    I’ve watched Dr Jill Bolte Taylor’s chats with Oprah on Oprah.com and they are wonderful. Her book sounds great too! Thanks so much for your lovely message about this. I really hope that you are finding great inner peace and enjoying the summer.

    THANKS again dear Margarita and lots of love and sparkles,

    Grace

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