The Power of Now Review
Okay guys I know I have been slacking on actually keeping you guys up to date on this whole book club thing!!! I casually said that in May I was reading The Power of Now and I absolutely loved it so I wanted to share a bit about why I loved it.
I first listened to Eckhart Tolle on Oprah’s Supersoul Podcast and was absolutely in love with everything he talked about. It had my wheels spinning all week because I was so intrigued. I started reading a bit more about him and read a bunch of quotes by him and decided to finally read his book! This is actually just one of his books and I really want to read the others now. The book is about spiritual enlightenment and learning to be fully present which is something you guys know I have really been working on. I used to think being present just meant not having your phone out or being distracted but the more I started reading about being FULLY present I learned it is so much more. It is listening to people with your whole body and specifically listening to loved ones without your mind, paying attention to each part of your body, reclaiming consciousness, and more. Again, none of this I have mastered. It is actually so hard to remember to do this all day every day. So I find that I dedicate portions of my day to doing this and really try to just master that first. I wanted to share so many thoughts on this but he goes so deep that I feel it is so hard to talk about in just a blog post. I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes that really capture what I got from the book. And I also wanted to share a few tricks I learned below.
One thing I loved is that he talks about different tricks you can do to go deeper into the now. It is so hard because sometimes when you are trying to be in the now, you think so much about trying that the thoughts of trying and wondering why your mind wanders occupies your mind even more. So here are some of his tricks that I really love!
1. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breath. Now picture yourself in a room filled with light and start to breath in that light and bring it into your body and just focus on bringing the light in with breath.
2. Close your eyes and start with your toes working your way up going through each body part and really paying attention to each body part. What it feels like, what its touching, everything.
3. Think “I wonder what my next thought will be” and as you wait you will be thoughtless and can slowly go into the now.
My other favorite part was just everything he said about accepting your present situation and how your ego and consciousness play roles in that. I think about it every time I get frustrated or annoyed now. If you read it too leave anything you learned in the comments! I really want to read his A New Earth book now. I seriously find everything he says so interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to have peace, be more in control of your emotions, or looking to learn to be more present in their life. This is definitely one that has made impacts and changes in the way I live.
And even if you didn’t read the book, read the quotes because they are so good 🙂
The Power of Now
BY ECKHART TOLLE
If you decide to read The Power of Now, make sure to come back and leave a comment about your thoughts on the book. Excited to hear your opinion and what you learned.