It was under serendipitous circumstances that this book came into my possession. At the end of last year, at my lowest ebb, I bumped into an old acquaintance. We quickly realised that there were a few uncanny resemblances between the things that had transpired in our lives over the past year or so and became firm friends. One evening, when I was feeling particularly low, she sent a care package round to my apartment to cheer me up, with a note which read, “It was fate that our paths crossed this year”. Inside, amongst other things, was The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
As soon as I started reading, I realised I was receiving a little nudge from the universe. For far too long, I’d been flitting between wallowing in the sadness of the past year, and experiencing extreme anxiety about what the future might hold, while all the time allowing the simplicity and perfection of the present moment to completely pass me by. One chapter in and I knew that if I changed my thinking and fully grasped the meaning of the Power Of Now as Eckhart Tolle was suggesting, my life would change forever.
Eckhart’s message is simple: living in the moment is the truest, quickest and simplest path to genuine happiness and enlightenment. While this is not an entirely new or revolutionary concept, his clear communication on the subject and the way that he has written the book as a series of answers to pertinent questions about the how and the why of living in the present helps to open the reader’s eyes to a whole new way of living.
Complicated concepts are broken down into simple, conversational language, and the pages are bursting with inspirational ideas and dripping with the kind of knowledge that only a true spiritual master can impart.
As another spiritual guru, Deepak Chopra, says:
“It’s one of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power.”
So leave your analytical mind and falsely-created sense of self at the door and cosy in with this book, which will help you to become better-connected to the true and authentic essence of your being. This book isn’t a quick read, or a light-hearted one, but it has the power to transform your world.
“You mean stop thinking altogether? No, I can’t, except maybe for a moment or two.
Then the mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don’t even know that you are its slave. It’s almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself. The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity — the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.”
This post is in honour of that friend who dropped this book at my door last year. Thanks for helping to open my eyes, and thank you for being you xxx
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