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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Paperback – August 19, 2004
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Ekhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.
Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence, and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he's added markers that symbolize "break time." This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles--a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Power of Now is one of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power."
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It taught me how to disconnect from the insanity of the mind. I had spent my life reading thousands of books trying to "figure it out" to make my way to a place of happiness and functionality, what Tolle explains that trying to solve the problems of thought from the level of thought is an impossibility. When we let go of mind-consciousness we do not become a meditative vegetable, instead, we gain access to the consciousness of our whole body and a more advanced awareness. I know it sounds weird, but it works. When I can stay present everything I do becomes more effective, and my social skills are way better now then they have ever been.
I don't mean to say that this is the be-all and end-all to human growth, but it has in fact saved my life, so I figured it at least deserved a good review. I am no longer helpless in the face of crushing memories and emotions. Thank you, Mr. Tolle.
I love Eckhart and his teachings on the "Power of Now". He really shows us how to slow down from our busy hectic lives and appreciate being in the moment. His teaching also help keep me "out of my own head" , I have the tendency to worry about future events, and rehearse past events.
I decided to experiment with a singing bowl to see if it would help get me "into the now" before doing mindfulness meditation, to help stop my mind from drifting to the future and past. This singing bowl is a real gem! The sound is beautiful, simply strike the bowl before starting meditation and hold your concentration on the sound until it fades into silence. It really helps you relax into the meditation and get into the now... Also, if you catch yourself getting distracted you can tap the bowl again, and follow the sound to pull your attention back into the now.
Great combo for study and practical use.
This is a radical book. It stands much of what I have presumed to be true on its head. I realize that I have assumptions of life so basic that I never have examined them until now.
I especially relate to the psychological notions of past (memory; life story) and future (worry and seeking fulfillment in the future). I had a vague idea of these two states, but this book has put them into sharp focus for me. I relate this to Carlos Castaneda and stopping the world and erasing personal history, which i now understand better now than ever before. I'm not sure I buy into the Don Juan idea of recapitalization or of the Eagle devouring our value added awareness at death unless we are clever enough to escape it, but this book has certainly been a life changer for me.
My only complaint is that I am now finding that I have drifted off and have been captured in some meaningless monkey chatter of future or past, trying to rewrite the past, reliving something from the past, worrying about the future, running dialogs with someone about something someday. It's all very maddening.
Fortunately, I retain a realization of this is what it is like to begin to awaken from such madness. I'm noticing what has been going on all of my life that I had not noticed before.
The jig is up, the ego is mounting a final battle, and it looks to be shaping up to be a doosey. Well, it is entertaining, I'll give it that, as my mind does everything it can to avoid the now.
My wife and I watched the 60's movie "Charley" (which is based on the story "flowers for Algernon" with some sex and sixties angst thrown in for good measure). I trust this awakening will not be followed by the death of the little mouse and a subsequent reversion to the mean. That would be mean indeed.