- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Namaste Publishing (August 19, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577314808
- ISBN-13: 978-1577314806
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5,101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The end goal here is that amidst the spiritual undertones of the book, what Tolle is really educating people about is self-awareness, which is the cornerstone of growing emotional intelligence. I was reading Daniel Goleman's book, "Emotional Intelligence" at the same time and the parallels were quite obvious. The additional benefit that Tolle offers is walking through some meditations and affirmations and presenting the information in a way that is like an easy to digest conversation.
After I was about halfway through the book, I had a moment of sitting in my car by myself, and had the thought, "I don't have to take this bulls*** anymore, I am not a victim," and then I laughed for about five minutes and many months later, still feel great about all of the things I was able to let go of.
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’m in my 40s and have been reading passionately for only about fifteen years: philosophy, mysticism, metaphysics, spirituality, the paranormal, etc., seemingly looking for “the big answers,” picking my way through various books from Nietzsche to Evola to Ouspensky, always looking for that missing “something” that kept me reading. Recently I bought The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle; I was simply attracted to the title, knew nothing of the author, but learned his “approach” to be an unusual brew of New-Age and Gnosticism. I was reading from a few different sources in print and online at the time and found myself in a convergence of synchronic teachings with my mind floating in epiphanies. After I was done reading it and habitually went for another book to comb through, I realized that I had no desire to read anything else. Whatever I had “found” in Tolle’s book full-filled the mysterious hunger within me, and its message is so very basic: quiet the mind by getting in “the moment, the only window in which we are “conscious,” where there is seldom truly a problem – Here Now. Enjoy ALL That IS…there is nothing else but NOW. I’ve heard and understood this for years, but “something” about this book delivered its points in such a way that I needed. I have no more desire to learn through books. That’s good insomuch as I have hours per day for something new, something that feels right – now – not what my mind wants to do for my ego, but what my heart needs me to do for others.
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