"Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth" Chapter 4 guest Shali Sirkay

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Shali Provided This Update:
When A New Earth was about to tape, my family and I had just moved to Stockholm, Sweden, in January 2008. ... Being in a totally different country was really exciting, but at the same time I felt very disengaged and isolated. I had a 3-year-old daughter, and I had just left my friends, my family and my entire support network back home in the United States.

My question to Eckhart Tolle was how could I practice my spirituality in the midst of everything that was going on in my life: adjusting to living in a new country and setting up normal routines for our family with a husband who traveled quite a bit as well.

What I learned from that experience is that Eckhart had given me the greatest piece of advice that anyone had ever given me. He said that I didn't have to go away to an ashram and meditate for eight hours a day to practice my spirituality. He told me that I could be present and make dealing with my child and anything else that was going on in my life my spiritual practice.

Since the experience of participating in the A New Earth webcast, I have become much more mindful. I practice my full meditation and write in a gratitude journal, which I encourage my daughter to do as well. But more than that, I feel more in control of my life and all the surroundings around me, all the situations around me. I feel more confident and more peaceful.