Summer Reading Preparation: The Power of Now
The Power of Now is one of my favorite books of all time. It is written by Eckhart Tolle and it sets out to teach readers about the present moment and how find inner peace by having a stronger focus on the now.
The book is divided into ten chapters, with each chapter discussing different aspects of the present moment and how to live in it. Tolle argues that most human suffering is caused by living in the past, having trouble letting go of the past, or belaboring about the future and thus depriving yourself of being fully present in the current moment that you are experiencing right now. By learning to focus on the present moment and letting go of negative thoughts and emotions that you have little control over, one can achieve inner peace and happiness.
Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret to life is to "die before you die" and find that there is no death. /Eckhart Tolle
In this brief Summer Reading Preparation blog-post, here are some of the compelling learnings and insights that I took away from the book. I truly hope this helps you in some, unique way. Happy Reading!
Some Learnings and Insights from Eckhart Tolle's book: The Power of Now
The present moment is all there is. The past and future are just mental constructs and do not actually exist. Therefore, living in the present moment is the key to happiness.
The mind is a tool, but it can also be a hindrance. Negative thoughts and emotions are often the result of the mind dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. By learning to observe our thoughts without judgment and focusing on the present moment, we can achieve inner peace.
The ego is the source of much of our suffering. The ego is the voice in our head that tells us who we are and what we need to do to be happy. However, the ego is often based on false beliefs and causes us to feel separate from others and the world around us. By letting go of the ego, we can connect with our true self and find inner peace.
Acceptance is key. By accepting the present moment as it is, we can let go of resistance and find inner peace. This includes accepting negative emotions and experiences, as well as positive ones.
Being present in daily activities can be transformative. By fully immersing ourselves in everyday tasks like washing dishes, dusting the mantle, walking the dog, kayaking on river or walking in nature, we can connect with the present moment and find inner peace.
Silence is powerful. By taking time each day to be still and silent, we can connect with our true self and find inner peace.
Relationships are a source of growth. By accepting others as they are and focusing on the present moment, we can improve our relationships and find happiness.
The body is an important tool for finding inner peace. By paying attention to the sensations in our body and breathing deeply, we can connect with the present moment and find inner peace.
Letting go of attachment is liberating. By letting go of attachment to material possessions, beliefs, and even our own identity, we can connect with our true self and find inner peace.
Forgiveness is a powerful tool for finding inner peace. By forgiving others and ourselves, we can let go of negative emotions and find happiness in the present moment.
I truly believe that The Power of Now is a wonderful, spiritual guidebook for living in the present moment and finding inner peace. Tolle's key teachings of letting go of negative thoughts and emotions, connecting with our true self and accepting the present moment really resonate.
Here in Eureka Springs, we are blessed with our natural, bucolic byways - they envelope us with Mother Nature's love and surround our life experience here everyday. Stop! Take a moment and bask in the now.
On long walks my breathing grows deep and relaxed, and the tension in my shoulders melts away. Since coming here to reside in Eureka Springs, I have discovered that nature is not the dark and scary place that this city kid has long feared—but it is, in fact, the place where I become more mindful of what it means to be alive and what my body needs in order to thrive. Nature feeds my soul. /John-Michael Scurio