January Book of The Month: The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle almost needs no introduction at all. His books can be considered as being one of the books that influenced the collective thinking of people from all walks of life. His books have caused a paradigm shift in the lives of millions by teaching us how to remain rooted in the present moment, and let go of our mindless worrying.
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All this positive change that he alludes to comes into fruition through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness, he explains, ‘consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness. It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion’.
In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”
Born in Germany and now domiciled in Canada, Tolle’s interest in spiritual texts came only after he had experienced their truth in a flash of enlightenment at the age of 29. Tolle explains that as a student of Philosophy at Cambridge University he had been suffering through numbing bouts with depression while at the same time experiencing his own form of existential angst. Life in itself barely appealed to him, and he was desperate for something beyond the ordinary.
Without giving away too much, the book encourages the reader to: experience mental autonomy, this is to say that, ‘We are not our thoughts; our thoughts are not who we are.’; By paying attention to our daily routines we can enter a state of a present ‘Now’; ‘Pleasure cannot be found in the outside world. What brings you external pleasure today may bring you sorrow tomorrow. True joy can be found only within. True love is not the duality of joy and pain. Pain cannot come from love.’
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