Tag: presence


Benign Gurus

I know there’s worse people in the world than self-help gurus. The sitting administration of the United States of America, with its xenophobia and corruption, for example. And purportedly, self-help gurus are trying to help people live better lives. So as much as we’d like to label the worst of them con men and move …


Presence, No Guru, Part 2

Now that I’ve excoriated Eckhart Tolle, I suppose I should flip the script and talk about the right way to do presence. For me, that began with Thomas Sterner. A few years ago, I was reading whatever self-help books I could find. I hit all the big names at the time. Weirdly, it was one …


Presence, No Guru, Part 1

There’s something about Eckhart Tolle I don’t like. I mean, yes, the concept of being in the here and now is a great one, but it’s hardly new. The kind of lifestyle Tolle promotes dates back at least to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau, in the modern age of personal growth. I suppose it’s …