What Is Presence?

Eckhart Tolle is one of the most famous and beloved spiritual teachers in the world largely because of the simplicity of his message: by saying yes the present moment, we can learn to escape the often painful grip of our thinking mind. In this excerpt from the audio program The Art of Presence, Eckhart defines the state of presence and briefly describes what it might be like to live from such a state. According to Sounds True producer Randy Roark, “People have been talking about this experience that Tolle calls ‘presence’ for millennia. But in these recordings, we have more than just the words. We have a human being living and breathing and reacting to his experience in the moment—unrehearsed, in real time, from the state of presence.”

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