A four-week study group in London
Finding peace without disengaging
With Daniel Simpson
Tue, 18 Jun - 9 Jul 2019 (18:15 - 19:30)
Triyoga Camden (£45)
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is one of the most influential spiritual books of modern times. Before mindfulness went mainstream, it inspired millions of readers to live in the moment, learning to let go of emotional pain and accept what arises.
Subtitled A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, it promises “a restatement for our time of that one timeless spiritual teaching,” which it delivers in practical ways. As Tolle explains: “You are shown how to free yourself from enslavement to the mind, enter into this enlightened state of consciousness and sustain it in everyday life.”
To what extent can these teachings produce a lasting transformation? Is there a risk that they encourage other problems, from magical thinking to spiritual bypassing, in which comforting ideas become a substitute for treating deep psychological wounds? Do they put too much faith in the present? Is it also important to learn from the past?
Join Daniel Simpson for a four-week journey through Tolle’s text, and the underlying traditions on which it draws. Each week, we look at one theme in depth, exploring the book a few chapters at a time and discussing ways to put its theories into practice. We begin with Being before moving on to Suffering, Relationships and Peace.
Please come to the first session having read the introduction and first two chapters.
Daniel presents yogic texts for modern times. Combining storytelling, humour and insight, his practical approach makes philosophy accessible and relevant. He holds a master’s degree with distinction in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation (from SOAS in London), and teaches courses for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and on teacher trainings. A former foreign correspondent, he also writes about yoga for magazines and on his website.