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Embracing the Now: Finding Peace and Happiness in What Is [Kindle Edition]

Gina Lake
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Book Description

The Now--this moment--is the true source of happiness and peace and the key to living a fulfilled and meaningful life. Embracing the Now is a collection of short essays about the Now that can serve as daily reminders of the deepest truths. Full of clear insight and wisdom, it explains how the mind keeps us out of the Now, how to move into the Now and stay there, and what living from the Now is like. It also explains how to overcome stumbling blocks to being in the moment, such as fears, doubts, judgments, misunderstandings, distrust of life, desires, and other conditioned ideas responsible for human suffering.

From Embracing the Now: "By becoming aware of what else is showing up in life in this moment besides thoughts, you can begin to really live in this moment and respond to it naturally, uncluttered by your mental commentary. You are in the moment but without the ego's influence on it. Spiritual freedom is when the voice of the ego no longer dominates and colors the landscape of life. Rather, it is one small aspect of it--one other thing that comes and goes in this landscape. This voice becomes impersonal--something in the landscape that has no more personal relevance than the bird's song or the temperature of the room. It's experienced, but not experienced as 'you.' Then it's possible to experience the Experiencer--the true Self that is behind all life and behind your life. This Experiencer is in love with life, and when you let it live you, you are in love with life, and your actions and words express that. Freedom from the ego brings a relaxation into the true Self and the possibility of being that in the world instead of the ego."

"Embracing the Now is startlingly clear. On the mainstream nondual spirituality front, Gina Lake is a contender for top author/top teacher honors, along with Eckhart Tolle. Both she and this book have what it takes." -Jerry Katz, author of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality

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"This book from Gina Lake is a collection of essays packed with practical advice about how to find happiness by living in the now....Gina understands the ego's nature very thoroughly and examines it in many different ways in these essays....she leads the reader into analyzing it, exposing its many pretenses, and then shredding it....Gina's purpose in these essays is to help move her readers beyond the pain that is cause by the ego. To do that, she points to another voice, one more subtle and quiet, one that sometimes requires spiritual sensitivity training to hear: the voice of essence. Essence--also known as Awareness, Being, Self, etc.--is who you really are. As Gina says, `You know essence when you experience it, just as you know the ego when you experience it. They feel very different and are very distinct.'....Gina offers guidance on developing sensitivity to it, such as by meditation and by the simple but powerful act of noticing. By various means, its presence gradually becomes obvious, so much so that it can actually be felt, and it becomes an anchor for living in the now. Gina's writings have an especially notable characteristic. When she discusses the nature of essence and how to live from its perspective, her words take on a special life and energy. There is a feel of essence speaking through her. In this set of essays, that voice has come to the fore, speaking ever more strongly and with the authority of understanding. And that may be an understatement." --Dennis Trunk, Editor, Third Millennium Gateway, September 14, 2008

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From Embracing the Now: "You don't have control over what arises in any moment, but you can control where your attention goes, and that will determine how you experience the moment. Any moment can be an experience of peace and contentment or an experience of upset and dissatisfaction, depending on where you put your attention. If you put it on thoughts and emotions and identify with them, you won't experience peace and contentment, but if you put it on your senses or on what is arising from Essence, you will be content and happy. Attention is the secret to happiness!"

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  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
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  • Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001S2PRVG
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the pealing of a bell - clear and beautiful September 22, 2008
By Namaste
Gina's written a powerfully clear book about living from presence (as Eckhart Tolle calls it) or essence as she does. The formidable opponent on such a path is of course ego. But ego is not to be resisted or fought against or repressed or denied. Instead, Gina explains how to accept the ego as it arises while still seeing through its various tricks for pulling one out of presence. She details the various emotions, judgments, fears, denials and mind games that are common tools of the ego in clear and easy-to-understand language. I find Gina's books to be as helpful as Eckhart's in the journey to living from presence. With this book in particular, I had an `aha moment' as Oprah calls them around my emotions. Although I had learned not to give attention to the stories and dramas of my mind, I was still paying untold amount of attention to my emotions. I felt them to be somewhat closer to truth because they seemed so intuitive and natural. I know realize that they are simply thoughts translated into bodily sensations and deserve no more analysis or attention than the mind. Of course, essence uses emotions such as joy or love or peace or acceptance and even sadness to guide us towards fulfilling our life plan with the eventual goal of awakening. It does not, however, use grief, depression, anger, jealousy or other such negative emotions.
Gina outlines the ego's mechanisms so clearly that it becomes difficult not to recognize, accept and thus heal them in oneself. All of this is in the service of greater peace, greater joy, and eventual liberation. The messages may be conceptually simple but in an ego and mind-dominated time and society, they are easy to forget. I enjoy reading Gina's words to remind me of what I know in my own heart to be the shining truth.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Show How Living in the NOW Is Possible! September 21, 2008
If there were a way I could just click and put this book in your cart and have it fast on its way to each of you reading this review...I would! It is that important. As many of us, I have devoured Eckhart Tolle's work and was intrigued and dazzled by its brilliance...but maybe a little intimidated. This book helps us understand Be-ing in the NOW and making it work! I have read it twice in one weekend and am ready to call Gina for a private reading, as this work is just that amazing.

She digs right to the core of the EGO and helps us understand how it works (and doesn't work) and how to tame the Ego! I actually gasped at some passages as it was so clear now. It was one huge AHA moment after another as I turned each page.

Not only does Gina give us the workings of the ego, she also helps us learn how to tame it and lead a life...yes IN THE MOMENT!

All weekend I have had a big grin on my face and my heart feels ready tio burst with contentment at finding this book.

Please, click and get it...your life will be enriched...mine certainly ahs been. I thank you, Gina.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding New Book By Gina Lake! September 3, 2008
If you like Byron Katie or Eckhart Tolle, don't miss this extraordinary book by Gina Lake. It really tells you how to lead an awakened life continueing where those wonderful authors leave off. It gives the hopeful message that we can stop suffering once and for all and tells us that not only is it possible but that's what we're all here to do.

I am blown away by "Embracing the Now." After reading all of her books and doing many private sessions with Gina, I thought smugly, "What more can she say on the subject that I haven't already heard?" The answer is: a tremendous amount. This book is filled with innumerable insightful gems that are so easy to apply to ever day life - on trusting life, coping with feelings, loving your work, and finding work you love. The new short essay format made the book very easy to digest because it distilled each topic into bite sized pieces. This book was so incredible that I'm about to reread it to make sure that I haven't missed anything!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Happiness in All Circumstances September 14, 2008
You want to be happy at all times? You do not want conditions influence your happiness?
The book of Gina Lake is a clear guide to reach this goal. The book is about letting go of the ego, about letting go of your ideas of what should be, about letting go of your resistance to what is. The solution to real happiness is not to go after the longings of the ego, but the solution is contacting your true self, the pure awareness underneath ego and the mind.
That pure awareness has an undertone of happiness always whatever the situation arising in the Now is.
In this book Gina helps the reader to develop this state of unconditional happiness. This can be one of the most important books you have red because it helps you to remain happy whatever the form of the Now moment takes.
It helps you to realize the vision of books like the Power of the Now of Eckhart Tolle in your daily life, especially when life gets tough from the point of view of the ego.
The book is easy to read and practical. The language is clear and to the point. And most important of all the book is transformative and gives you the tools to live from the state of awareness rather than from the state of ego. I highly recommend this book. It has given me many tools to recognize the ego better and live in a state of awareness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always Gina has words of wisdom that are inspired.
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More About the Author

Gina Lake is the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature, including From Stress to Stillness, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, Trusting Life, Ten Teachings for One World, Living in the Now, Return to Essence, Choosing Love, Anatomy of Desire, Getting Free, A Heroic Life, and The Jesus Trilogy (Choice and Will / Love and Surrender /Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality). She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years' experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her website offers information about her books, courses, and spiritual mentoring as well as free ebooks, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter, a blog, and audio and video recordings:

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The focus of her writing and teaching is on helping people be in the present moment and live the happy and fulfilled life that is possible and on shedding light on the ego and other programming that interferes with that. Gina's teachings are most similar to Eckhart Tolle's, Byron Katie's, Adyashanti's, and A Course in Miracles.

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