What Is The Power Of Now? – Full Review
What are you thinking about right now?
Are you worried about future events like that meeting with your boss tomorrow at work or when are you going on vacation?
Are you recalling past events like something bad or annoying that happened to you yesterday, maybe regreting things you did years ago or even trying to figure out how your life would have been if your choices or actions had been different at some point?
If you’re like most of the human beings and you’re doing that constantly, you’re definitely not “in the now”, you’re not living the present, you are just identified with your mind, so you’ve totally become a slave of your own thoughts and feelings.
That incessant noise in your mind is precisely what’s preventing you from achieving the inner peace and stillness which would end depression (excess of past) and anxiety (excess of future).
What if I told you there’s a way to silent that annoying noise once and for all?
That way involves understanding and using The Power Of Now 😉
What is The Power of Now?
The Power of Now is a book, writen by Ekhart Tolle in 2004, which intends to be a guide for your daily life, focusing on the importance of living in the present moment rather than being always preocupied about what happened in the past or what’s about to occur in the future.
This book has been translated into 33 languages and sold more than 3 milion compies just in North America.
It sounds legit, right?
Tolle starts explaining his life situation of deep suicidal depression before he suffered a personal epiphany which lead him to start wondering about the purpose of living that meaningless life filled with nothing but a burden of misery and a feeling of complete loathing of the world.
“I cannot live with myself any longer”.
How many times have you said that yourself? (I couldn’t even count them)
Well, he just needed to say that once to realize he was talking about two people: “me” and “myself”. In that precise moment, he felt his mind stopped.
There was no fear or inner struggle anymore. Everything around him, the objects, the sounds, the scenery… they all looked like it was the first time he really truly appreciated them, and he was feeling a complete peace and joy.
It was nothing like magic or him turning into a superhero or something like that.
He was extremely suffering, so deeply and painfully that it caused his consciousness to separate from his depressed and fearful self, which was ultimately a false projection of his mind, leaving him completely aware of his true nature in its pure state, the one which comes before the forms and interpretations.
What I mean here is that he discovered the way to unplug his mind, so that he could really hear himself within a noise-free environment.
Man! That is awesome!
I’ve always been a compulsive thinker myself, and it’s both exhausting and meaningless.
Think about it.
Imagine you can stop those incessant thoughts going through your mind all day to have a little inner peace. Sounds good, huh?
After that amazing discovery, Eckhart Tolle dedicated his life to find the truth about what had just happened to him through spiritual books and teachers (cause this was a long time ago and he couldn’t even Google it yet), to finally realize that what happened to him was actually what everybody was looking for.
So he decided to share that knowledge with the world and he started teaching people how to do it, how to be free of compulsive thinking, how to be aware of one’s existence, so that you just need yourself to be happy, since it doesn’t matter what else you add to your life when you’re already in peace.
How Does The Power Of Now Work?
When I first saw it, I thought it was just another of those self-improvement books, but this one can actually change your life if you do as it says.
Like I said before, it’s nothing magical and it’s not a cult or something like that either.
It just walks you through the process of how to reach self-awareness and being present, which seems something we all do, but we really don’t, since there’s too much noise in our lifes to be completely conscious.
Eckhart says anybody can do it, and actually thoroughly explains the process, which consists on practicing these 5 key exercises:
– Stop and listen to that voice in your mind (“Watching the thinker”).
You know, those particular daily dialogues with yourself. That voice which judges, speculates, likes or dislikes… You need to just listen what that voice of yours says, but impartially. That’s when you become the observer, and start feeling stillness and inner peace. This is the beginning of the end of compulsive thinking. The more you practice, the longer those moments of inner Joy.
– Focus all your attention into the present moment: the Now.
When you stop identifying yourself with your mind, you become present. Past and future are not real, they only exist on your mind, they are just memory traces and projections. Just focus on the present moment, don’t let your mind escape to create suffering or anxiety. Practice self-observation and the more you do it, the more present you will be.
– Become more aware of your emotions.
When you are completely conscious and observe them, you un-identify with them and they end up fading away. It’s not about being happy and smiling all the time, it’s just accepting what comes in your life being at peace.
– Let go of psychological time: mind and time are inseparable.
Stop living through memory and anticipation by noticing how many times your attention is in the past or in the future. Time is not real, it only exists in your compulsive mind which keeps going back and forth not letting you enjoy the present moment and be conscious. You need to observe that behaviour as much as you can, so that it ends up disappearing.
– Connect with your inner body.
Feel the different parts of your body (your chest moving as you breathe; your limbs, organs and cells filled with vital energy…). Try to focus on your body movements everytime you’re doing something and enjoy the energy of that precise moment. Be fully there.
Now is the time to stop thinking and start living!
The Power Of Now explains that the light is within us, it does not depend on physical things or divine plans. When you finally learn that and apply it to your daily existence, you find complete happiness.
So, the enlightenment which we’ve always heard about is not some superhuman condition or something divine that happens to some chosen ones, it’s as simple as completely feeling one with “your self”.
And that just happens when you’re fully “present”, when your full attention is focused “in the Now”. That is the moment of total liberation from the compulsive thinking and the end of the continuous suffering and conflict in your life.
Is your mind always trying to escape to past events or future predictions?
That’s not you, that’s not living, it’s just recalling things that already happened or trying to picture how things will be, but this means constant regreting and suffering.
Your mind makes you always be on some kind of nightmare by not letting you live the present moment.
Now is the time you start being yourself and let go off your mind, just like he did.
Stop recurring to the past, you don’t need it. It was “now” for a moment, but it’s gone.
Stop worrying about the future, because it’s a mental phantom, it doesn’t exist.
Do not wait for things to happen, that dreamed job, those amazing vacations, do not wait to start living, just do it now!
I hope this book changes your life as I did to mine. Living in the Now is awesome!
Please, come back and comment so that others can see how it worked out for you.
Cheers and have a good life in the Now!