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excellent for someone who's always overthinking about their past or future, I'd recommend reading.
Best book I've ever read
Do yourself a favor and take the time to read this book.
Great tool to enhance spiritual growth
I read this book several years ago and decided to purchase a few copies to give to others for Christmas. I am a true spiritual seeker and this book provides an excellent path on that road.
Here and Now
After reading happiness books like "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World", I felt like I had a good handle on what science had uncovered about how to live a happy life and have to say that I am MUCH happier for having read them. But, while the field of positive psychology has made some great contributions to my happiness levels, it's books like "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" that come along and let you know there's STILL more you can learn. A key concept of the book (if I'm explaining it right) is that you will start to experience a certain kind of enlightenment when you learn to leave your analytical mind behind. In other words, instead of "thinking" try just "observing your thinking." And when you do this, you also need to realize that all this "thinking noise" that goes on in your head all day long is not really who you are- an enlightening concept indeed! To that end, the book is set up in a question and answer format to help you get to understand these kinds of concepts. While it might seem ridiculous to some, it really isn't. Case in point, we all talk to ourselves or have witnessed others talking to themselves at times (maybe during a sporting event perhaps). If you ask someone who they are talking to, they will usually say "I'm talking to myself." And this, by definition, means that there have to be two "selves", an "I" talking to "myself"- and so justifies the idea of two selves (a "you" and a "thinking you" in the book). Well, if these seem to be the kind of concepts you're ready to explore, this is your book. It raises some good questions and certainly brings up one that you can't argue with: all we have is the here and now. As the book so astutely points out, "Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing ever happened in the future, it will happen in the Now." And learning to live in the now IS the point of the whole book.
Definitely a Keeper
This book has principles that can be applied to daily living. It is one that I know I will be referring to time and time again. A major life experience has made me stop and take inventory of my life. This book helps to clear up misconceptions we have about our relationship to God and opens the door to experience inner peace.
Live a spiritual life.
Cant be read with your MIND.
Would recommend to anybody. Excellent read.
I wish that I would have read this type of" spiritual" book when I was much younger. This book was a purchase after reading it from the library. I will read it again.
So far I love this book really makes you think. Because of it I'm moving across the country and taking a risk
A simple way to spiritulism for all seekers.
the book when I recieved it was seperate at the seams
Changed my life. Must read for anybody who suffers from overthinking.
I think 10-15 years ag...
I think 10-15 years ago this book would have rocked my world. My ever-evolving search for deeper meaning in life has pushed me in different, more-focused directions, and while I am moved by and agree with a lot of what Eckhart Tolle is saying, its transformative power lacks the punch it once would have had for me. His philosophies also drift too much in the realm of pseudoscience. That said, I am still seeking a way to incorporate something as simple as meditation into my busy day. I see The Power of Now as more helpful for those lacking stability in their lives. For the practical, ever-questioning, more-stable adult, I recommend Dan Harris' 10% Happier. Humorous side-note: Have you seen The Answer Man with Jeff Daniels? I kept thinking of that movie while listening to Tolle.
I recently finished th...
I recently finished the audio edition of "The Power of Now," by Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart's part of my extended network, so I've been hearing about the book for years.The most valuable aspect of this books is it's bluntness. Although it references examples from various traditions, Eckhart isn't of any lineage. The book is about the supreme importance of the present moment, and practical ways to interact with it.It's formatted in an accessible question-and-answer format derived from his own experiences and challenges and observations from participants on his retreats.ApplicationsMost of the time we live in the past or the future. The present is the sweet spot.An example:Right now I'm in the midst of "The Fountainhead." The protagonist, Roark, is obsessed with the present moment. He gives no thought to the past or the future. He doesn't plan ahead. He gives everything to the moment. Sometimes he's wildly successful. Sometimes he's starving. But he's always engaged. Roark often applies the practice of self observation, stepping back to witness how he's feeling without immediately acting on that feeling.In contrast, his friend Peter has everything - a partnership at the most respected architectural firm, a ton of money, and lot's of social standing - and hates his life. He went into architecture because of pressure from his mom. He doesn't like it, but hasn't bothered to try to find his true passions. He tries to please, and has no grounding in his intuition. He lives for the future - success and stability - but never experiences it.Roark lives in the present. His life is saturated with purpose and contentment. Peter doesn't. His life is anxious and hollow.Another example:Often times in relationships we develop patterns. When an emotion is triggered, a habitual action follows. And that habitual pattern might have been set years or decades ago by an unconscious fear or misunderstanding. Another option is to define a threshold between our feelings and our actions. In the first step, we cherish the feeling and allow it to deeply permeate us, rather than trying to brush it off. The feeling is there for a reason, and it can give us insight. Second, we make a conscious choice how to behave, taking that feeling into account, but not blindly reacting to it. Usually these habits take the form of positive or negative feedback loops - we enforce whatever we're receiving, or resist. Most of the time there's no need to do either. And by fully experiencing the feeling, we can then move on, keeping our perspective in regard to purpose enact, rather than letting it get swept away.ConclusionAlthough this book is by no means a complete guide to the world [there is no discussion of purpose], it's tips on engaging with the present are invaluably forthright.
Great starting place f...
Great starting place for those seeking to overcome their mind created hardships. This book served as a stepping stone to a much more spirtual path for me. Prior to this spirtuality was something I felt was for people who needed answers from someone else, this helped me realize that sprituality was something I could find inside of myself.
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK....
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK... if you're trying to learn how to be happier. Read Meditation for Beginner's by Jack Kornfield and Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. Both of those will actually give you practical advice for how to be happier. Hint: it involves sitting and getting to know yourself. READ THIS BOOK... if you have a lot of time to burn and a high tolerance for woo. If you're willing to wade through way too many words, many of them nonsense, then this is provides a decent description of "enlightenment". Which isn't really anything special, it's just being right here, right now. It's sad that that is such a rare experience but while Tolle is obviously there it's equally obvious that he doesn't know how he got there and has no clue how to get you there. The meditation books mentioned at the top of this review will actually tell you how to get where Tolle's at. NOTE... I feel like two stars is kind of generous for this. He seems sincere but there's so much nonsense and no practical advice. I didn't hate it, I feel really frustrating that he'll distract so many people with "advice" that boils down to "just be happy". If it were that easy we'd all have done it already.
I understand that many...
I understand that many others have learned a lot from this book, and while I don't want to belittle their experiences, I find Tolle's brand of mystical hoohah unenchanting. As far as I can glean, he has absolutely no authority from which to be writing his books, except that he once experienced a great deal of anxiety and has learned how to deal with it. Instead of focusing on practical strategies, he employs a method of constantly pointing to an achievable future (an interesting contradiction with the book's central message of focusing on the "now"): he always says, "You can't understand being; it's too big. But someday, you can." It is helpful to think about how we let our minds obsess over past events and future possibilities, but that is one of the only practical nuggets this book emphasizes, and still, he cites this as more of a conceptual/life lesson than as part of a coherent practice. For people interested in this type of message, I'd recommend all of Thict Nhat Hahn's books; Hahn focuses on practical behaviors and strategies people can use in order to become more mindful throughout their daily lives. Having lived in monasteries since his teenage years, lived in exile for many of his years, opened a center dedicated to mindfulness, and practiced his beliefs for a lifetime, I see him as a much more grounded teacher, one who is putting his publications' reapings to great societal use, rather than personal profit.
I wouldnt deny that t...
I wouldn't deny that this can be helpful, or that it helped me in the past. It certainly holds potential for people who don't read this sort of thing, assuming that they aren't dead-set against it. But Tolle is very particular, and he tends to be very certain that the perennial tradition should be boiled down to exactly the shape that he thinks is right- no more no less. And especially no more. His nontribal attitude is very appealing, but he has essentially the religious mind without the tribal layer, which is not an unmixed blessing.
Yes, this is a good bo...
Yes, this is a good book. A good Buddhist book, about achieving enlightenment. About already being enlightened, and recognizing this fact. It's full of words which take you there, and I found myself writing some of them down in my notebook. However, by the end of the Tolle's book, I was a bit bored. I was muttering, "Okay, I think I get it already." The words can sometimes be dry, considering the subject matter is letting go of time entirely and entering a state of cosmic bliss. My favorite part was the beginning, the story of how Tolle woke up one day, after days of being totally fed up with life, and just leaped into his transformation. And then he tries to explain exactly how to do it, and sometimes this works, but sometimes it's less effective than being hit on the head with a ping-pong ball.
This has been a fantas...
This has been a fantastic book. Through this book I have learned to see myself and where I am in my life in an entirely new light. I'm going to have to read it again. I am certain that there is more to be gleaned."The more you are focused on 'time' past and future the more you miss the now (the present).The eternal present is the space in which your whole life unfolds. Life is now."Eckhart Tolle - The Power of NowThere are some eternal truths to be learned from these concepts.
Im sure this book has...
I'm sure this book has a lot of amazing reviews and I doubt I could write a praise that has not already been raised about this work. I took a long time to pick this particular book up, but I'm glad I did because the author has a gift in the way e explains what are often difficult concepts to master or understand. I don't know if I agree with or believe everything he states in this book, but I am willing to give some of it a try and see where it takes me. I suppose if you take one thing away from the book it would be to practice the ability to bring yourself fully in the present throughout each day. This is one of those books you can buy and read but won't be particularly meaningful for you unless your at a place in which you are open and ready for it. Anyhow, I cannot recommend it high enough.