Monday, December 7, 2009

SEW Book Club Jan selection: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

The Binghamton Spirituality Empowerment and Wellness Book Club's
selection for our TWO January meetings will be one of the most useful and practical modern books on spirituality I have found!

A New Earth:
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
by Eckhart Tolle. In A New Earth, spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living. A New Earth gets its title from a Bible verse referring to the rising of "a new heaven and a new earth." According to Tolle, "heaven" is the awakened state that will bring about "a new earth" in the outer world, the world of form.

Tolle begins with an extensive description of our principal barrier to the awakened state: ego. He indicts the word "I" as being a terrible feat of reductionism, as it infinitely minimizes who we truly are by allowing us to identify ourselves with our mind, our gender, our accumulated possessions, our social roles, and so on. He then informs us that the only way to diminish ego is by seeking the fullness of life in the present moment, that by making friends with the Now, we can destroy our time-bound state of consciousness and therefore destroy ego. Focus on the Now is focus on Being rather than Doing, on presence rather than form.

Tolle goes on to assert that awakening to the abundance that is already in one's life is the foundation for all abundance available, that abundance and scarcity are actually inner states. He cites examples from varying traditions - Christian, Zen, and Hindu - to assert the perfection of the Now, a concept that is as thematically central to this book as it was in The Power of Now.

BH adds: This is one of the most useful and practical modern books on spirituality I have found!

This selection is in stock at River Read Books .
Our selections are usually also available at Clintwood Healthy-U.
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As always, our meeting will begin with a short meditation.
11 am, Sat Jan 2 @ River Read Books
6:30 pm, Wed Jan 13 @ River Read Books <---- New evening meeting time!

Hope to see you there!


Ask and Ye Shall Receive said...

Hi Bill,

I agree it's a great book. I won't say it the greatest book ever, but it is truly transformational. Anybody who is ready for an awakening at some level will not be left untouched by it's power.

I have a question for you.Bill how do you practice present moment awareness?


Bill Huston said...

How do I practice? Alone: I use asana, anapanasati, vipassana. With another person: there is presence, deep listening, empathy.

But there are many techniques. I have compiled a big list at the end of this document: