The Joy of Being

Awakening to One's True Identity
Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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Fulfillment and Joy Through the Realization of Our Essential Identity 

When challenges arise in your life, what happens inside of you? For many of us, the larger the problem, the more we resist, contract, and react unconsciously. On the other hand, explains Eckhart Tolle, in any given moment we have the chance to remain open to life, align with what is, and experience the natural sense of peace and aliveness that he calls "the joy of being". 

The Joy of Being is a four-session program that explores the process of awakening to our identity beyond the limits of thought and the impact this transformation can have in the world. Speaking after a three-year teaching hiatus, Eckhart discusses: 

  • Working with whatever conditions arise as your guide for the continuing practice of presence 
  • Using the inner body and sense perception as anchors to the now 
  • Freedom from suffering - the spiritual seeker's best motive 
  • The practice of "being the space" for the situations and circumstances you often find difficult 

"The joy of being is derived not from something that happens or from some object but from the essence of who you are," teaches Eckhart. "To know yourself as that is joy." The Joy of Being points to a revolutionary phase in human development where thinking is no longer the dominant aspect of our lives, and unconditioned awareness expresses itself through and as each one of us. 

Please note: This is a live recording.

©2016 Eckhart Tolle (P)2016 Eckhart Tolle

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so centering

this was wonderful to listen to in the car, so calm and relaxing. really helps me be OK with where I am on my path

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More of the same

If your familiar with Eckhart he speaks from presence and any book you pick up of his takes you there. I was a little disappointed hoping to hear something new. I used to enjoy his sense of humor but not so much in this one. There were a couple of questions asked that pertained to my situation so that was helpful. I really love what Eckhart has brought to humanity but I will no longer keep buying anything new. I have most everything he has done and that is enough. I can listen to the power of now and a new earth and refresh all I need to remember.

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I am here now ...

The sound of the words takes you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within. Eckhart's timeless message that you are to allow the Now to be as it is and so realize the formless essence of the Now as consciousness itself. Be there as the awareness when your mind starts saying things and be aware of the temporary nature of all forms.

Could have done without the flute music but loved Eckhart's rendition of "A Lion Sleeps Tonight".

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Inspiring

His style and content are truly inspired. The Presence he projects is the best demonstration of what he stammers to express. Brilliant and beautiful in every way!

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Doorways....

Eckhart has been a doorman to the doorways for me for years now. Guiding me and helping me find a greater awareness of things I’d known all my life yet never knew what they were. Instead of just standing in these doorways he guided through and deeper into them and consciousness. I’ve had to return to his guidance multiple times over the years because I would get lost in the world and my mind again. Not everyone is ready for consciousness quite yet, but he is the first teacher that helped me see what was always right in front of me. Or more aptly, within me, that being, eternal peace.

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This should not be listed as a book

This is a recording of a group meditation session and the audio is poor quality. It should be labeled better.

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he's a pretty chill dude

This guy really knows how to fill space I mean he literally just didn't say anything for minutes on end I mean man he was really stretching for time. haha good listen:)

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Background laughing was annoying. I totally understand the point but think there could be less "help".

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Not for me

I get his teachings on presence but I wish he gave more stories or examples.
I guess he is an acquired taste to listen to.

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not funny

The speakers constant laughing, and the hysterical laughter of the audience was distracting, and annoying.

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  • Aaron Lavack
  • 09-09-17

Not a great place to start

This a live recording of a retreat. It's worth getting if you've already read/heard the power of now, a new earth, and stillness speaks, but if not, those are better places to start.
For more frequent eggtart listeners, you'll probably enjoy this. It gives you a good sense of being there at the retreat and, as always he has some great insights to share (mixed in with ' new earth' levels of unfounded logical leaps). The good stuff is really good though :-)

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  • Dianne
  • 07-28-17

WORST AUDIO!!!

Would you try another book written by Eckhart Tolle or narrated by Eckhart Tolle?

This was the first audio book of his I have purchased. No I would not try another book if it was done in Audio.

Has The Joy of Being put you off other books in this genre?

Only audio version

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The audio could have been of higher quality.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-25-16

Brilliant

I am new to Eckhart Tolle"s work and I feel more connected to him than with any other teacher. It just makes so much sense. I am at last finding the gap

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  • Dr J.N.Robinson
  • 03-05-20

I thought I was getting a book

I wonder if the shrieking woman in the audience was placed there as a distraction??

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  • Michael
  • 04-18-19

Good insights through into self awareness

Seminar recording. ok quality.

Content was insightful but not world changing. Overall its like talking to a wise person at a cafe. Relaxed and not too heavy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-18

Eloquently delivered insight.

A wise and gentle human sharing his understanding of our essence.
Loved it. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-18

I loved every single second xx

Recommended- one of his better audios. Full of content and lessons from a master. enjoy

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  • GLYNIS
  • 01-14-18

Brilliant!<br />

This book is truly amazing.. I learnt so much about me and how I engage with being in the main stream of day to day life, how I conduct myself (and why), dealing with family and their expectations and so much more. I will listen to it again and recommend it to others.

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  • Josh
  • 04-13-17

Great infomation

Great infomation a plesure to listen to. audio qulity is great only odd breif moments of background hissing and high volume spikes. thank you