In this featured talk, Eckhart guides us from the troublesome "waiting room" of our modern lives, pointing us to the depths of the present moment as both our true home and the ultimate source of wisdom and balance.
In this presentation given on retreat at Lake Louise, Canada, Eckhart considers how the gradual realization of Presence affects a person's day-to-day experience. Touching on the inherent self-defeat of labeling oneself "enlightened," how to cut through problems with "the sword of Presence," and the end of suffering, Eckhart explains that most experiences of spiritual awakening don't arrive in a single, decisive moment.
As human beings, we evolve through life’s challenges and suffering, not through avoidance. In this teaching, Eckhart explains the essential everyday practices to awaken Presence and overcome suffering.
Eckhart discusses spiritual awakening as it relates to two aspects of life: the acquisition of things, and the activities we engage in. Liberation, he explains, depends upon your inner relationship to what you have or do.
Eckhart suggests practicing listening in conversation with others, devoting oneself to listening actively 80 percent of the time. Additionally, bringing awareness to the inner feeling of your hands can help to deepen Presence in an everyday situation.