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24 June 2016

A Life Changing Book: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

When I first heard about this book and how it could change your life perspective, I didn't quite believe it. Actually, I've never been a strong believer that books can be life changing and always thought of it as an idea for others and not me. BUT, this book has questioned my certainty. This is why I want YOU, the person reading this post right now, to seriously consider to pick it up.

In The Power of Now, Tolle offers a vision of life that is different from how we commonly see it according to the established Western mindset and the negative and strong concept of ego. This is carried out through various sections that concern topics such as love, joy, pain, surrender, relationships and more. Some of the main ideas that emerge from the book are the following:

  • Our mind is our main enemy, as the ego tends to pursue negative thinking, which leads to suffering;
  • Negative thinking is linked to psychological time, which is a subjective perception of time as a past and a future that are either idealised or identified with worry and anxiety;
  • The main way to live a happy life is to stay present without worrying about psychological time;
  • Being present means being mindful, or watching 'the thinker', which is the busy flow of our thoughts. If we can watch them instead of being them, we can create a distance and stop being our mind and reach our essence instead;
  • Being is our deepest, abstract, beautiful essence, which is something all people, animals and things own on earth. Being is God. But the beauty of Being is that it doesn't have labels such as a male gender or a specific physical aspect such as white, or any other specific attributes. Being is a personal concept and you can call it and express it in whatever you like. Actually, yourself are already Being... because you are being;
  • Through meditation and a mindful life you can be and stay happy. But most of all, the Now is the main source of happiness:
  • There are no problems in life. Only life situations you are in temporarily;
  • All negative feelings, such as anger and sadness are various forms of suffering and pain;
  • Only mindfulness, love and joy can stop the pain.
And much more. This is a general insight to the way Tolle addresses the idea of the Now. 

What I liked the most about the book is its clear, simple, straight-forward style that manages to convey all arguments easily. 

Reading The Power of Now helped me so much because after a year or so practicing yoga, meditation and tryingto understand what the deal with mindfulness was I could finally see all my research written down in a book. It clarified so many doubts and explained things I didn't know in the best possible way .

The book is structured in form of question and answer which for some is very useful as those questions often pop up through the reading process.

I have read this book slowly on purpose so I could absorbe all of its information, in the couse of four months. I suggest you read it this way too, and always in moments when you can focus and understand its meaning. I would read a few pages every morning while having breakfast and if I had time in the afternoon after work. But almost never before bed, otherwise I would fall asleep and not concentrate. It's not exactly like reading a novel!

If you liked this review, please pick up this book! From the library, online, or as an audiobook. Although my suggestion is definitely to purchase a physical copy that you can use as your little spiritual book and highlight and write on. The Power of Now won't disappoint you and most of all, it will change your life in a very positive way.

Goodreads: 5/5.

My edition: Eckhart Tolle, 1997. The Power of Now: a Guide to Spiritual EnlightenmentHodder & Stoughton. This was a Christmas gift from my mum :) you can literally buy it anywhere! It's a nice and simple edition. 





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