As human beings, we evolve through life’s challenges and suffering, not through avoidance. In this teaching, Eckhart explains the essential everyday practices to awaken Presence and overcome suffering.
Eckhart discusses spiritual awakening as it relates to two aspects of life: the acquisition of things, and the activities we engage in. Liberation, he explains, depends upon your inner relationship to what you have or do.
Eckhart suggests practicing listening in conversation with others, devoting oneself to listening actively 80 percent of the time. Additionally, bringing awareness to the inner feeling of your hands can help to deepen Presence in an everyday situation.
The conditioned mind will often create feelings out of fear, and these should not be the guiding force in your life. Eckhart urges us instead to discover the deeper feelings that arise from Presence—the source of true intuition—and to let that guide your actions.
Can you explain more about the "surface" of the present moment? How can we go deeper? The "surface" of the present moment contains the external forms we perceive with the physical senses—any of which can serve as a tool for stepping out of the thought stream.