‘The Power Of Now’

So, I review books now?

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Opinions are simply my own; There are no right or wrong ones.

 

I guess there is no better time to present the ‘Power Of Now’
than the present, which focuses on being… present.

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I’d heard of this book several times and it’s been recommended to me, as a way to accept the pain of the past and move forward. I really doubted this would help, and I wasn’t really very keen on it, but I figured I may as well give it a shot. The book, written by Eckhart Tolle, received high praises from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, who I look up to.
The writer, who is a spiritual teacher, puts it himself;

“I trust that this book will find its way to those who are ready for such radical inner transformation and so act as a catalyst for it.”

 

As I read the introduction, I was very reassured.
Tolle explained to the reader what to expect, with great understanding and compassion.

 

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“As you begin reading the book, the meaning of certain words, such asΒ 
“Being” or “presence,” may not be entirely clear to you at first. Just read on.
Questions or objections may occasionally come in your mind as you read. They will probably be answered later in the book, or they may turn out to be irrelevant as you go more deeply into the teaching – and into yourself.”

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This book is definitely not a light read! It is very heavy, and if anyone was thinking of reading it, I’d tell them to have a very open mind, and put all your focus onto reading it. Its very purpose is to get in touch with the essence of our being, rather than simply being an enjoyable read with coffee/tea and biscuits!

What I loved was that Tolle was open and aware of questions which the reader may have, and explained in great detail about the way we think about our past and future, our feelings and our mind. Insightful is an understatement – and I was dead impressed.

 

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“The reason why some people love to engage in dangerous activity, such as mountain climbing, car racing and so on, although they may not be aware of it, is that it forces them into the Now – that intensely alive state that is free of time, free of problems, free of thinking, free of burden or personality. Slipping away from the present moment even for a second may mean death. Unfortunately, they come to depend on a particular activity to be in that state. But you don’t need to climb the north face of the Eiger.
You can enter that state now.”

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I can understand, though, that it may be difficult for some people to get into.
Once I’d finished the book, there were only one or two things I learned, which were profound, but I don’t think I’d rate it as my number one go-to book for self-help. Compared to other self-help books I’ve read, I don’t think I would go running around with this in my hand and shout it from the rooftops – but I guess that’s what makes this so unique and a best-seller, really – it can’t be compared to any other book.
The teachings are so profound, and fascinating;
It’s pretty astonishing that Tolle has such knowledge and insight.

 

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“When things “go wrong” or an emotional complex from the past is brought…the tendency is for you to be “unconscious.” The reaction of emotion takes over – you “become it.” You act it out. You justify, make wrong, attack, defend…except that isn’t you, it’s the reactive pattern, the mind in its habitual survival mode.”

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Personally, due to the deep intensity and very comprehensive writing,
this book wouldn’t be one I would be extremely happy to re-read again and again, but I would probably come back to it if I find myself struggling to stay in the present moment. The book does offer information on why we think or act in a certain way. Making sense of this helped me to understand and change my way of thinking. It does contain some key points, important for people to keep in mind.

 

Biggest lesson:

What hit me the most, and the one thing I got from the book, is that the past and the future is merely an illusion. It makes sense; The past is gone and I am left with nothing but memories. The future has not happened, and all which I am worrying about is my overactive imagination doing its thing. What rang true for me is that
“In the Now, the present moment, problems do not exist.”

 

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“You will observe that the future is usually imagined as either better of worse than the present. If the imagined future is better, it gives you hope and pleasurable anticipation. If it is worse, it creates anxiety. Both are illusory.”

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57 Comments

  1. I’m glad you really enjoyed it and it touched you! John Green definitely has the affect on readers! I believe he said himself, that if it was made into a movie, people would lose some of the connection to the story. I guess it’s better to let beautiful moments be. πŸ™‚ πŸ’•

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  2. Just now finished reading it and loved it…it made me cry at one point when they kneel in front of her casket and say you deserved better friends. A book about death that also has so much of life captured from college life. It’s beautiful. Should be made up into a movie so that those who don’t enjoy reading a book could have the experience of going through the story and it’s varied emotions too.

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  3. That’s true. Lately I’ve just been questioning whether I should work or focus on myself, because for the moment I can’t do both. I know I’ve made the right decision for myself, but money-wise (and pleasing other people) it’s a struggle. BUT I’m sure I’ll get there! πŸ˜…β€

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  4. Sorry, had a few things on and just focusing on keeping my head above water the past couple of weeks. Probably need to dig out a copy of The Power Of Now to help ground myself a little more!! How are you doing? I hope you’re having a decent week so far πŸ™‚
    xx

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  5. Yes, it’s definitely a good one to come back to and read in snippets. πŸ˜„ It might be a good idea to take a handle of quotes from the book, write it down and hang it up somewhere! It’s amazing how insightful it is. πŸ’•

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  6. Absolutely!! I can’t believe I haven’t come across books like these before! I guess time makes you see what’s important. Talking of time, it’s been a while! How have you been??! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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  7. That’s great! I don’t think I could wait more than a day to read the next one on my list! Lol!
    60 books is amazing! Happy reading! Which one are you planning on reading next? πŸ˜πŸ’•

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  8. Tolle’s The Power Of Now is a classic, and one that often gets good reviews. I’m glad you read it – I quite enjoyed it, too! It’s one I wouldn’t mind popping back to in snippets, but as you say, not really to read from start to finish again. It’s one to have at hand, I think, for bits and pieces and it’s definitely one of those ‘perspective changing’ kind of books!
    x

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  9. Woah, that lesson that you said you learned is deep, but it really does make sense?!? What I love about books like this is that they completely change the way we think and the way we view things, don’t they? Great review xx πŸ™‚

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  10. Then you will love love turtles all the way down. Thanks buddy!! You too have a happy one. I read in phases with breaks in between. Half year is over and I had done lots of reading including poetry books and some other. My tbr is long 60 books in there…lol so I am soon going back to reading. I love my kindle. Paperless contribution to environment plus cheaper cheaper books. Breaks in between readings make me savour books more so I will be back soon ✨

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  11. So, do you like this book then? LOL πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Wow, I’m glad that it’s touched you so much!! I wish I had the same enthusiasm! Has it been long since you’ve read it? πŸ’•

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  12. I have to agree. The spiritual aspect can be a confuzzle for a lot of people. I’m always interested why we think and act the way we do, and if the writer stopped at the psychological aspects, I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more. Perhaps it’s because I’m a total beginner, who’s not been in touch with spirituality so much? I would love to know your thoughts once you’ve finished the book. πŸ™‚

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  13. Yes I have read a few and loved them fault in our stars and let it snow, turtles all the way down was third one. Great!!
    Go ahead and enjoy yourself 😊

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  14. Thanks for the recommendations! I shall definitely check them out! John Green is AMAZING. I’ve read quite a few of his books – have you? Ayn Rand is a new one for me, so I will go check her out. πŸ’•

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  15. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    i LOVEEEEEEEE THIIISSSSSSSSSS BOOKKKKK AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    sorry had to do that. i want it in my hands and i want to smell it like a goddamned pervert. aaaaaaaa
    i love this book πŸ˜‰

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  16. I posted a comment but not sure where it went so if it shows up twice that’s why. So…
    Good review. I’m halfway into this book and haven’t made up my mind completely though I agree with most of it.
    The person who let me borrow the book did so because she said my babblings and blog topic reminder of it; balance between mind and life through self awareness and self development. She didn’t use the word babbling. Haha
    I think what turns people off about self awareness is the often extreme spiritual aspect of it. I enjoy more the psychological aspect of self awareness. I’m also Christian so some of the book doesn’t appeal to my Christianity.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to finishing it soon.

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  17. Good review. I’m about half way into this book and I haven’t made up my mind completely about it but definitely agree with most of it.
    The person who let me borrow this book did so because she said my babblings (She didn’t use this word) and blog topic remind her of the book; β€œfinding sensible balance between mind and life through self awareness and self development.”
    I think the almost odd spiritual aspect of it is what turns me off. I think it turns a lot of people off from self awareness. I like the more psychological aspect of self awareness.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to finishing the book.

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  18. The two books I loved reading recently are turtles all the way down- John Green ( easy read) and the fountainhead- Ayn Rand ( long one) you can try these. Books make great friends you can turn to anytime.
    Much love πŸ’•

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  19. It’s funny the things people say, right? Don’t do this, don’t do that, wait, do this, do that. πŸ˜› You’re right, people should be taught in the first instance to be present and take care of ourselves! ❀
    It’s great that you’ve read many books before this one! I’ve only just dipped my toe in the water and began to feel the benefits of self help books. This is the second one I’ve read. Like you, I didn’t feel it was particularly ground-breaking, though there were some profound key points. I have a lot added to my list of to-read – including Chicken Soup For The Soul! I love the title. I shall be sharing how I get on with that. πŸ˜€ I think I will check out ‘New Earth’; It can’t hurt. It is going to be a busy summer for reading for me! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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  20. I read this book a few years back, and I remember thinking there were some good points but at times they got buried by stuff that was a little too out there for my taste.

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  21. Exactly I have grown up listening to think before you say this, you do this, what results it will bring in your future. Learn from past mistakes ( carry the bag of past), learn from others mistakes ( judge others and find their flaws ). Thinking about future or past brings anxiety or depression and now they tell me don’t worry much. Take it easy…lol. They should have told me to take it easy initially. As for the book, it was not something that changed my life both of them. Didn’t find something groundbreaking new which I didn’t know of before. Maybe I have read too many self help books and given myself lot of pep talks already but sometimes we need a revision of the things that we know already and give hope. It’s that reassurance that makes it worth a read otherwise the same concepts are repeated in the whole book. Ten years back I read chicken soup for the soul and who moved my cheese those are the books that I still remember left a high impact on me. Sometimes the experience of reading a book also depends on current state of life and what’s going on inside and around us. But if you like the power of now then you will like a new earth too. You can try reading it as it’s a continuation. I was told to read it in the order of power of now first and then A new earth. Happy reading !!

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  22. Yes! I can imagine it takes a lot of strength and willpower to focus solely on the present, without the experiences of the past or worry about the future lingering. Especially when we’re brought up to think ahead and make choices regarding our future, and to reflect back on our past experiences. I guess it takes a lot of practice. Did you feel it was an eye opener when you read it? Also, I haven’t heard of ‘New Earth’ before! Is it a good read?? πŸ’•

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  23. It was recommended to me too along with new earth from the same author. I read them both in Nov – Dec 2016 and had the same kind of feeling as yours. The fact of now being without pain is true to some extent since often when we talk about pain we talk about all the experiences we have felt pain which is like dealing with too many monsters at a time. If we live in now, in the doing alone then we have no monsters to fight. Maybe they meant the same thing when in Geeta they said, karam Kar fal ki icha mat Kar ( just do your job without worrying about the results in future. ) Nice post πŸ’•

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