SPOTLIGHT on Eckhart Tolle: Stillness as a practice for ending substance abuse

Eckhart Tolle is the phenomenally bestselling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth as well as other books and products.   If you visit his website, at, you’ll be invited to join his subscription service where he provides streaming meditation, video instruction and tools for spiritual and personal growth. Tolle, however, also puts out high quality, inspiring content completely for free on YouTube.  This is an extraordinary service to our world that everyone with a spiritual orientation should take advantage of.

The link for Tolle’s video that’s provided below is titled Bringing Stillness to Everyday Life.  It was just uploaded on YouTube in December 2011, so it’s pretty new.  Tolle explains how to tap into the practical power of now and experience self as an alive, aware energy field rather than as a story or a repeating pattern.  People who are interested in stopping will find this information highly relevant and supremely important because stopping only happens in the now moment.  The problem is that no one really wants to experience the present moment.  We’d much rather avoid it.  Avoidance techniques include getting lost in activities, zoning out in oblivion, rushing to the next (better) thing, and escaping into the past.

In this excellent video Tolle provides crystal clear direction about how to break free of the heaviness and the burden of living.   Other authors try but cannot match Tolle’s understanding or personal mastery of mindfulness.  His explanation of how to be consciously in the moment, but without thought is thorough and easy to understand.  Even more, the viewer is inspired to act on what’s heard.  We are extremely fortunate to have a spiritual teacher who’s instantly available to us at the click of a button.  How do we get out of the rut of experiencing one damn unpleasant thing after another?   There’s a way, and it’s here.

One tiny heads up.  Tolle’s video is an hour and a half long, so be sure to give yourself enough time to listen all the way through.

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