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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Paperback – August 19, 2004
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"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.
There were some excellent ideas in the book but the presentation was lousy, in my opinion. It was way too disorganized and repetitive. I realize with meditative teachings, repetition can be key, but it was too unstructured in this case. It's as if Tolle had fragments of ideas but didn't know how to explain them completely, so he'd slowly patch together ideas throughout the book as they popped up, but in the end a lot of the ideas are not cohesive. He had too many propositions, even contradictory statements at times, that he couldn't explain and thus, defaulted to a "just do it," "just accept it," "don't question it," explanation. Blind belief and acceptance is not my thing.
This book could have been written in 5 pages. Probably even less. It's really just the same handful of ideas expressed over and over again and as certain ideas began to contradict one another, his explanations became more jumbled and presumptuous.
The takeaway: Accept your life situation as it is. Change what you can and accept what you can't or aren't willing to change at the moment. Focus on what you are experiencing at this very moment (your surroundings, your body, your existence). Don't judge, just be aware. Be aware of your mind and when it drifts to the past or the future, and take it back to the present. Let go of the past, because holding onto it can't change it. Focus instead on what you are doing and can do right now. Try not to dwell on the future and worry about endless future scenarios that haven't happened and can't be predicted. The past doesn't exist anymore, the future doesn't exist - the only thing that exists is now. So be in the now.
There's the whole book in a few sentences. Again, the ideas are legitimate, and I follow and believe in them. The book was just much longer than it needed to be which lent itself to disorganization, and the ideas would be just as effective in far fewer pages read over and over again.