"Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth" Chapter 2 guest Joyce

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Joyce from Austin, Minnesota
Joyce, a self-identified shopaholic, Skyped in to ask Eckhart and Oprah how to prevent her bad shopping habits from affecting her 5-year-old son.

Oprah asked Joyce whether she had come across the following quote from Chapter 2 of A New Earth: "When you can no longer feel the life that you are, you are likely to try to fill up your life with things."

Joyce said she had been that person, but then had she stopped trying to find her identity in things, which awoke her artistic side and interest in sculpting. She worried, though, that she wouldn't be able to reverse the shopping addiction in her son.

"Oh, well, the most important change has already happened in you," Eckhart said. "So, you've become aware of the old pattern. You've gone beyond it, and it's inevitable that even if you don't say anything, it will transmit itself to your son also."

Eckhart also advised Joyce to show her son things of intrinsic value. Nature, for example, can't be bought, and encouraging her son to simply enjoy being in the presence of such beauty would help stifle his impulse for acquisition.

Find out how Joyce is doing today...