The Power of Now is one of those rare books that makes you stop and reconsider the way you live your life, over and over, with every step towards living more meaningfully you take. Why? Because it’s practical and spiritual at the same time. You’ll find different layers of meanings and varioua pieces of awareness around the concious way of living: with a deeper feeling and experience of present moments. The power of now has proven to be really helpful for someone like me, with an overactive mind that almost never shuts off and an overwhelmingly emotional spirit I struggled so much to train in the science of logic and rational facts.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment was written by Eckhart Tolle, a German-born author, probably „the most popular spiritual author in the United States.”
The book is a self-help guide that stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future thar we can never really influence. It is rich in ideas, thoughts and lessons, but also invitations to contemplating on how our actions, reasons and emotions impact our ease of mind and soul.
Here are 3 major ideas you’ll find explored in Eckhart Tolle’s book:
1. There is no such thing as too much time or lack of time: we are, in fact, powerful over our time, once we truthfully and deeply understand what really matters in our life.
2. The Past and Future don’t happen, It is always Now that is happening. We are only, always, living now. Except we don’t… how many times today you found yourself struggling because of past „what ifs”, daydreaming over future proffesional or personal scenarios or worring about „what happens next”, instead of spending every present moment making the best out of your journey towards your goals?
3. If you can stop thinking about the past and the future and be present in the Now you will feel better. Because Now is what we see, what we can touch, feel, hear, love, act on. „Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”
And here are my 3 favourite quotes from „The power of now”:
“The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.”
„The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly—you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.”
„Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”
If these few paragraphs brought up some questions to your mind… you’re ready to read now. The book is written mostly in a Q&A format, based on the most common questions about this idea of mindfulness and the powere of here and now. So… there is a very good chance your questions will be covered while browsing the pages of this book.
My two closing cents, as one who now owns the English, Romanian, Practical Guide and audiobook versions of „The power of now”, are these:
Don’t build expectations and don’t wonder if your past discoveries and experiences are enough for you to have reach the inner growth stage where you’ll really be able to absorb all the knowledge. You are. Let go, trust yourself and your deep-hearted wisdom. Sometimes, „letting go is an act of greater power than defending or holding on.”
And ask yourself more often „Where am I, really? Am I here and now?” Because we cannot find our better selves by going into the past. We can find ourselves by „coming into the present”.