The Power of Now


By: Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now is set off to change one thing, the way we think. If you are familiar with stoicism, you will enjoy this book. Tolle tells us very plainly that he was like everyone else, creating existential dread for himself out of nowhere and making himself miserable for ot until one day he just had enough.

I firmly believe one day we will all have that moment where we get fed up and start that change. If you are reading this, then you are already there. Mainly this is a book about accepting reality with such themes as complaining is just criticizing and not accepting your current reality or situation.

The whole book gives people the skills to face unpleasant situations and be accountable without being to forceful in its approach. For instance, personally, I am a compulsive thinker. I constantly have to find the way out, the best solution, and outsmart everyone but I never do, because I’m always thinking about situations yet to come rather than what’s in front of me. As tolle says, I let my mind run my life; I allowed fictional outcomes to hold my present hostage. To Tolle, we have a hard time living in the present because we are dealing with things that have either happened (the past) or we worry too much about the future. These worries create a type of illusion that pull us away from what we are dealing with right now.

There are things in life that we can’t change but we should accept them like that, cope with them and adapt to them. The ego on the other hand wants nothing more than to be the star and take over, dealing in illusions. As soon as we decide to be present, we are. As soon as we focus on what is right in front of us, we are. We, ourselves, our mind and body right now, that’s what’s in front of us and that is what we should focus on.

The Power of Now will help to put your world view front and center and allow you to face the choices that you make so that you make them right now rather than a fictional tomorrow. I have found myself repeating, “focus on right now” a few times in the past few weeks and I firmly believe that if you read this book, you’ll have a tool to help transform your life. 

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