True multitasking is "reading" a book while walking, running, kayaking, doing chores, gardening, driving or just drifting off to sleep.
I would say that Tolle has changed my life, but he would object to that and say that presence has changed my life. Either way, My life is a better place now than before I started listening to Eckhart Tolle.
I thought that the Power of Now was my favorite book, and then I listened to the "Art of Presence" and I was hooked on listening to Eckhart conducting live retreats. He works without notes so it is different every time and it is simply amazing.
Now that I have listened to this retreat, "Freedom from the World" I name this as the best audio I have ever listened to. It is long and that is great! The longer the better.
It feels like I am in the retreat with him. I can hear the people laugh (Eckhart is quite funny) and he talks about small details like what the people are doing for an outing and when the members of the retreat will be practicing silence.
I cannot believe that I am saying this, but the retreats are even more helpful and more accessible than "The Power of Now" or "A New Earth."
I own a couple of hundred audio books and most of them are wonderful and extraordinary. But I find myself listening to Tolle every chance I get. As soon as I have finished listening to this retreat (I still have a couple of hours left) I will probably just begin listening to it all over again.
Thank you for making these Tolle retreats available. This is the power of audio. This is as good as it gets! Now I am going to get back to listening!
At the very beginning of this retreat you know it is going to be different from Tolle's other books and retreats. Maybe is is the influence of being in India but this is definitely the "grittiest" of the Tolle recordings available at audible.
What do I mean by "grittiest?" I mean the most realistic, the retreat that most acknowledges that not everyone is at the same level yet. The tone is not darker, but it is more nuanced.
For example, at the very beginning of the retreat he begins a familiar Tolle refrain, "you do not need more time." If you have listened to Tolle before you know what he means by that, you have everything you need in your life right now, there is nothing that you will have tomorrow that you do not have today. You can become present in your life right now. Check! Got it! I have heard this and I understand.
But wait! In this retreat he says, "well some of you do need more time." This made me pause for a moment. Really? Some of us do need more time. Why? Tolle goes on to say, "Because you may need more suffering." Ouch.
He says that some people - even some people at the retreat - may not yet be ready to be present because they are too attached to thoughts, material possessions, ego, etc. This is not new, but the way he emphasizes that some people might actually need to suffer more is a little different from the eight or so other Tolle books and retreats I have read.
The retreat itself is grittier, too. He talks to the retreat-attendees there in India about the limitations and hardships of being in India. This is the retreat that delves the most into these things. Even the questions the retreat attendees ask seem a little grittier.
This is also one of the longer audible Tolle offerings (which I think is great! The more the better). And the music used in this one is the most spiritual and inspiring too me.
Do not let this be your first Tolle book or retreat. For that I recommend of course the book "The Power of Now" that started it all or the fun and lighter retreat "Freedom from the World."
However, if you are a Tolle veteran and want to get into something long and deep and very real, this audio retreat is exceptional.