In 1969 I read Be Here Now by Ram Dass........and so my spiritual journey began. I knew the answers to much of humanity's suffering was right in front of me. I was simply unable to translate it to my own life and make it work. Hundreds of books, millions of dollars, two divorces, several kinds of anti-depressants, and 45 years later I found Eckhart Tolle. The book itself is amazing and transformational. My life changing experience however did not come from insight gained in the text. The preface which gave a brief but clear account of Tolle's own transformation completely overwhelmed me. I was completely engulfed by my personal connection to the author's own pain and fear before his journey began. Reading it over and over and shedding many tears, I knew without any doubt that beginning that day I would start my own journey into the present. Make no mistake I was fearful. But who am I without thought, judgment, or control ? I would gladly trade my ego for peace. On 3-5-15 I began an absolute commitment to stay present and live in gratitude. I told myself I would give it 6 months and just watch the process unfold without judgement. Staying present over time changed the way I lived each moment. Insight and epiphanies came at me from everywhere and I was certain I was finally on my path. However, where the rubber meets the road for me was that small space before a thought that staying present gave me. That small space is everything. With it you can watch your thought instead of being your thought.....or perhaps not have that thought at all. Simply come present again and feel gratitude. Easier said than done perhaps, but we all have the power of now if we so choose it. Eckhert Tolle gave me the courage to choose it and live it.