The Art of Living Consciously

The Evergreen State College

Week 6: Nov 2 – 5


  • Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Plume, 2005, ISBN: 9780452289963).  Read through page 160.
  • There are FREE videos of Tolle in conversation with Oprah Winfrey at and also downloadable podcasts of the audio  on the internet.  These are very good for getting a deeper understanding of what Tolle is saying in the book, and how it (artfully) relates to people’s lives.
  • Nannerl O. Keohane, “Self-Fashioning in Society and Solitude: On Crafting a Liberal-Arts Education,” Harvard Magazine, September-October, 2013. (for Wednesday)
  • Chapter 8, Brahmacarya: The Wise Use of Sexual Energy – Yoga for a World Out of Balance (for Thursday)
  • SEMINAR TICKET PROMPT for Week 6 Monday:

    • Take your time with this reading.  Try to read it twice.  As you are reading, make note of all the things you find interesting, important or insightful.  

    • When you finish the reading, generate 2 questions and 2 statements that address key ideas in this section of the book AND include a quote for each (with page number) that contextualizes the question or supports the statement. You can use the following question and statement “starts” to help you select and frame your questions and statements.  You can use your own “start” phrases, too, of course.

      • Why….?
      • What are the reasons that…?
      • What is the purpose of….?
      • How does __________ change or reinterpret the meaning of ______________?
      • What Tolle means by _________ is _________.
      • The concept of ________ is related to ______ in the following way(s)_________.
      • The most important idea in these chapters is__________________.
      • If Tolle is correct about ___________, it has the following implications___________________.
      • This book expands my understanding of ____________ .  I now understand it to mean______________.
      • My thinking about __________ has has changed in the following way since reading this chapter__________.

      Type up your responses and bring them to class on Monday.

    MONDAY, Nov 2nd, 11 am – 1 pm

Student-led seminars in your assigned seminar rooms

  • Choose someone to facilitate the group or, if you have pre-arranged seminar facilitators, have them lead your seminar.  Work for 100 minutes, using your seminar ticket (see above) to help you get started.
  • For the last 20 minutes of your two-hour seminar time, pair up with your “editor of first resort”, or whomever is available, and discuss how the seminar gave you new insights into the book, and what questions still remain for you.  When you feel clear about this, update your 2 questions and 2 statements.  Type them up, and bring a copy to the Tuesday seminar.  (The Seminar Ticket Prompt is described above).
  • Seminar Descriptions: Bill’s group email him and all members of your peer group your description of the seminar by 4PM.  Terry and Cynthia’s groups should bring their written descriptions to class on Tuesday morning.
    • Remember: In your writing about seminar, describe something that happened.  Keep your ego, with its feelings, judgments, reactions, etc., as firmly in check as possible.  Sketch, in words, a scene.  Your word choice, the structure of your sentences and the overall shape of the piece might reveal to you and your reader something that you did not know, before you approached this task, you knew. THIS IS NOT YOUR REVISED SEMINAR TICKET FOR TUESDAY.


TUESDAY, Nov 3rd

  • All-group meeting (noon-3:00) in COM 110.  Lecture by Terry.
  • Seminar (3:00-5:00) in COM 308, 308B, 308E 
  • Due:  Bring one copy of your updated 2 questions and 2 statements from  Monday.


WEDNESDAY, Nov 4th – 9:00 – 1:00 COM 110

  • All-group meeting (9-12:30) in COM 110.  Faculty each discuss the Tolle text then fishbowl about it.  Following that the faculty will enter into a conversation with the class around the paper below.  This is the first installment of a two-week plan that will result in you having another piece to put in your portfolio’s section on “Self Evaluation and Academic Statement Stuff.”  Please read this piece for Wednesday:

Nannerl O. Keohane, “Self-Fashioning in Society and Solitude: On Crafting a Liberal-Arts Education,” Harvard Magazine, September-October, 2013.


THURSDAY, November 5th10:00-1:00 CRC 116 – 117

DUE: Yama and Synthesis Paper Assignment

Students in Bill’s seminar: please email this synthesis paper, and all subsequent ones, to him at  Cynthia’s and Terry’s students bring it to class on Tuesday.

Read and bring with you :  pg. 114-127  BrahmacaryaYoga for a World Out of Balance

BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE. AND YOUR JOURNAL (and art supplies if you have them – pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons etc.)