Deep ecology and my initial awakening (pt 5)

Welcome back! Part 5 – Europe and getting off of YOUR beaten path One of the most exciting and interesting experiences in my life was a seven-month SWAP (Student Work Abroad Program) program to Europe. It was during the first Gulf War from August 1990 to April 1991, and it was probably the most incredible …

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Deep ecology and my initial awakening (pt 4)

Part 4 - The travel bug bites and my activist days – Late teens and Early twenties Just before going to CEGEP, which is Quebec’s trampoline school between high school and University, I went on my first school exchange. CEGEP usually lasts about 2 years if you plan on going to University or 3 years for …

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Deep ecology and my initial awakening (pt 1)

Growing up in a small town called Knowlton in the 1970s was an interesting experience, to say the least. With a population of about 1000 inhabitants at the time, I was an only child, quite the loner and was always very in tune with nature and the forest, spending much of my free time wandering the forests around my house. I would climb to the top of a 50-foot pine so I could have an unencumbered view of our beautiful Brome Lake less than half a mile away. The swaying of the treetops from the mild summer breezes would give me some exhilaration but so would the breathtaking view and the thrill and danger of being so high up. 

Eckhart Tolle on Life, Death and his Awakening

Today’s post will be about a video I recently viewed and took notes about Eckhart Tolle, one of my spiritual mentors and teachers. talking about his life and Life in general, Death and his awakening experiences. I hope you enjoy it and please take a moment to write a small comment. Thanks so much in advance. You can view the entire video at the bottom of this post. Eckhart speaks briefly about his difficult childhood in Germany, his parents separation (sounds familiar), and his move to Spain, all by the age of 12! This also hits a sensitive chord as I lived there for 3 months as a young adult. rock-bottom-the-solid-foundation AWAKENING DAY When he finally experienced his awakening, he was in his late 20s, and on the following morning, he saw everything with fresh, new eyes. It was like a rebirth, as he had been suffering from depression and a lots of anxiety, trying to find his path in life. He began to realize that 80% of his thinking just stopped and also noticed that they were mostly the negative thoughts. I can attest that once you change this one thing, your life takes an about turn whether you are awakening or just monitoring your thoughts better!