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While some people use Eckhart's teachings to be better parents or reach a new level of consciousness, Krys, a 24-year-old reader from San Antonio, says A New Earth has helped her overcome weight issues.

Over the years, Krys says she's maintained an active lifestyle, run marathons, played sports and worked out with a personal trainer, but the extra pounds stayed put. "I have a struggle with food that has kept my weight about 30 pounds above where it probably should be," she says.

Krys says she read a passage on page 86 of Oprah's latest Book Club selection that resonated with her. On this page, Eckhart writes, "Behind every negative self-concept is the hidden desire of being the greatest or being better than others."

Krys says these words helped her recognize the real reason she's been battling the bulge for so many years. "My inner ego desire was to be skinnier than other people or better than other people because I was skinnier," she says. "It just really resonated inside my entire being because I don't think I realized that I had that inside of me."
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FROM: A New Earth Phenomenon: An Hour That Can Change Your Life
Published on June 09, 2008

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