TLS #178: 10 mindfulness lessons from a retreat with eckhart tolle


Two weeks ago, I spent a week in Costa Rica at a Deepening Presence retreat with Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth.

I deeply loved the chance to spend so much time with someone who has such a strong connection to intuition/source on a daily basis. And today, I’m sharing 10 lessons that I took from the teachings which you can benefit from as well!

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about mindfulness, ego, or is a big fan of Eckhart Tolle’s wisdom.







  • We are like a bamboo flute – when we are clear and free of ego resistance, the universe can work (or flow) through us easily.

  • What are the positive and negative aspects of Christianity and Buddhism.

  • Why Eckhart believes that thinking  is the biggest addiction in the world.

  • How presence and stillness moves towards presence in motion (or presence in action).

  • What the Fartleks of Presence is the zen art of hurrying slowly.

  • Is psychological fear necessary and how real is it?

  • Does the Ego or your Intuition choose to be present?

  • How loving yourself, the self image of who you are, is different than being yourself.

  • When we follow our parent’s expectations (against our own internal knowing) for us, it spares them the suffering and places the suffering upon ourselves. 

  • Is the Ego useful?

  • What Eckhart Tolle think is enlightenment?

  • The concept of “human being”, where human is the physical form of our body on this planet and being is the essence, or our pure presence.



Kim Eng


Eckhart Tolle on YouTube

Dhanakosa Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center

Vipassana Meditation

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Eckhart Tolle – NOW Program






This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. LOVED this episode!! Thanks so much for suggesting listening to the Power of Now, I has actually dug it out again, planning on rereading, but haven’t had time to sit with it. Your suggestion came at the perfect time as I just had day surgery and need to walk 90 mins-2 hours everyday for recovery. So I downloaded the book and it’s perfect. I was actually very excited that your Eckhart Tolle episode was soming out the same day as my surgery so that I could listen while I walked. Thanks for all you do!

  2. Alexis

    Hi Jess!
    Great episode! Thanks for sharing your take aways from your retreat. All the lessons were amazing and lesson 11 really resonated with me. Learning to be present off the mat is a goal I’m striving to attain more often. I really notice how internally distracted I am when I’m meeting new people. It is so hard for me to remember their names and be present in the conversation because I’m distracted by the internal fear-based chatter in my head about my perceived limitations. Recently, I met a Pastor and I was amazed by how he remembered everyone’s name and how he had a calming welcoming presence about him. He took an interest in everyone he met and was a people magnet, not because he was loud and obnoxious, but because he had a way of quietly drawing out the best in others. In that moment, I realized that presence can only happen when I have an abundant giving state of mind. I need nothing from my surroundings because I have everything I need in myself. When you love and accept yourself, the ego-based internal chatter stops and you can show up in the world and be present -free of judgement, fear, expectations and hope. To look at sparkle water from a different perspective, I sparkle brightest when I reflect you back at yourself. It’s not about me, it’s about seeing you and honoring your presence and welcoming you with my thoughts and actions instead of being self-absorbed with my own negative ego chatter. Lastly, I recently read The Alchemist and the prologue about the story of Narcissus blew me away. It ends with the lake saying that it “wept for Narcissus because each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected” For me, my new daily intention is to see people with curiosity and love, to reflect their beauty back to them. BTW: I’m remembering names better now and conversations are flowing with less internal dialogue!!!!

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