I have heard the name “Eckhart Tolle” for some years, but was not really sure who he is. In a meditation with Oprah and Deepak Chopra I listened to recently, she quoted Eckhart Tolle. I wrote down the quote which inspired me to doodle:
In an attempt to get to know something about Eckhart Tolle I did what all good researchers do: I read Wikipedia and clicked around Youtube. Among many videos I came across, I thought the one below on Relationships was especially useful. He talks about “practicing presence” which may not make sense to people who have no background. But for those who use the Holding Space Practice, this is another term for “holding space”. You might also hear the term “practicing awareness”. Same thing. A meditation practice is a way to practice the same.
If you are not familiar with Eckhart Tolle, it will help to know that he talks about a difficult childhood, depression through his 20s then an “awakening” at 29. That bit of background will give a little context to this clip. You might already know all about and practice “presence” or “awareness”, nonetheless, this might be a useful reminder. I am personally trying to develop the skills he explains in this video in my relationships.
I became curious about Kim Eng, his wife, and found myself looking for videos of her. I thought the following was especially helpful. In The Holding Space Practice, I write about what she beautifully explains here: Where does physical pain comes from? and How can one process pain? Near the end of this clip she says, “once you think you have processed it all, go spend a week with your parents.” … I would add, any person/people you have struggled to be yourself with. But don’t rush into it! This is a journey that may take time!