What Is The Power Of Now? – Full Review

Make the most of Now!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

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?

Peace of mind!

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.

Do you want to turn off that annoying noise in your head?

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”.Be Present in the Now!

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.

In this book, Eckhart Tolle gives us the weapons to fight our mind’s need to avoid the Now.

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!

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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!

 

48 comments

  • Marcie

    Hey Israel!
    I love your site! Just reading your content put me in a good mood! Stop thinking and start living is a mantra we all should take on board.
    Is that the title of a book,, and if so, where can I find it?
    Also do you recommend meditation to come into the present?

    • Israel

      Hey Marcie!

      Yeah, The Power of Now is a great book which teaches you how to seize the present moment and make the most of your life putting away regret and anxiety. You can find it here 😉

      And meditation, for sure, that’s also a very effective way to come into the present. It helps you really feel your body and forget about the compulsive thoughts and emotions that make you nervous and stop you from moving forward.

      Tolle also talks about that in the book, it’s actually a very important part to start the process of disconnecting from your mind and letting go the things that bother you to really be in the Now.

      I’m really happy you liked the site.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Cheers and Enjoy!

  • Kenny Lee

    Mindfulness is one technique I learned when I was in my early teen. I must say that it has evolved from a curious practice to actually being effective in dealing with my anxiety issues. I’ve seen the growing popularity of mindfulness in western countries but most people doesn’t realize the true meaning of it. Eckhart Tolle is a great teacher and the Power Of Now is a great read.

    • Israel

      Hey Kenny!

      I absolutely agree with you. Many people take it as a hobby or some kind of exercise, when we should all practice mindfulness everyday.

      I’m glad we’re on the same page here 😉

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Daniel

    I have heard about this author and in particular, this book, for quite some time now. He is spoken of VERY HIGHLY, which makes me think this is actually something worth reading. Great review, this will be the next book I read! I’m an overthinker about just about everything and I always want to become more present instead of looking forwards or backward. I suppose this is the book I should read then haha

    • Israel

      Hi Daniel!

      You’re just like most of the people then 😉

      This book has really made me see things from a different angle and try to make the most of the present moment. Totally mind-opening!

      Cheers and thanks for commenting!

  • William

    This book is a blast from the past! I must say it was a very helpful stepping stone on my journey into self. I remember being in a less than compatible romantic relationship at the time, applying the modes of thought and reaction from this book specifically. Identifying emotional responses as they arise, asking yourself why these emotions are arising, and how they are associated with ego.

    Must say it was a difficult first couple of steps, especially when others you interact aren’t mindful, and don’t care to be. But alas, is the narrow and treacherous path on the way to self discovery and evolution.

    Thanks you for your contribution to the human family and the long trek to evolution…

    • Israel

      Hey William!

      I’m glad you already discovered the Power of Now. I did a couple of months ago and it really is how you say.

      It’s difficult at first, since you need to completely change your mindset, but when you do it, man!

      Thanks for sharing your experience, it may help others realize the importance of being present.

      Cheers!

  • Yvonne

    I meditate twice a day, which helps me to notice when I’ve been in my head so I can bring my attention back to now. Your review has encouraged me to pick up a copy of The Power Of Now so I can read it myself – thanks for talking about living in the moment!

    How did you first discover the book?

    • Israel

      Hey Yvonne!

      Cool! Meditation is a great way to find yourself and live in the now.

      Actually I discovered it online, looking for something which helped me balance my feelings and emotions, I was having a rough time and it really helped me see I was overthinking and worrying about things that didn’t bring nothing good to my life.

      This book has been absolutely eye-opening for me.

      I’m happy you’re up for living the present moment! That’s how it has to be 🙂

      Cheers and enjoy the Now!

  • Farid

    Hey Israel,

    In fact, the person, who only thinks about in the misfits of the past will stay in there and as you sate here it’s the power of NOW, f you can focus on that you can get about everything, that you want.

    Only, my opinion is also, that you need goals, but then, a combination of now and setting goals for the future brings us back to the essence of this article: forget the past and that’s the reason why I can smile, whatever happens.

    Will follow this site, since you have interesting topics and “translate” your words great to the world wide web.

    Farid

    • Israel

      Hi Farid!

      The key about the Power of Now is you don’t worry about the past and also do not get anxious about the future.

      Of course we can set future goals, but you do that in the present, you enjoy setting those goals and go for them, but never worrying wheter you’ll achieve them or not, or just focusing your happiness on achieving them. The thing is that you have to be present and that should be enough for you, since that’s the only thing that is real. The rest are just memories or future projections which you shouldn’t let control you.

      I’m glad you like the site, my friend.

      Cheers and thanks for your feedback! 😉

  • Rosa

    Hi Isreal,

    I truly agree that when you think of the past of things you may say and regret or ‘what if I have done things differently’ can be bothersome. I have found myself thinking about things that I have to remind myself to stop.

    I think that when one does not focus or stop being compulsive with these thoughts it brings inner peace back into their minds and better health.

    Thank you for sharing this post.

    • Israel

      Hi Rosa!

      That’s it! We need to stop compulsive thinking. It’s very bad for us and the people around us since we get anxious and worried and that changes our temper into the worst way.

      Let’s focus on the present moment then and be happy 😉

      Thank you for commenting! Cheers!

  • Bobby

    Love this Site! What I find really interesting is,I dont read very many books. I hardly ever read at all. Now that Im older Im trying to a lot more.
    I read the entire page actually..lol I was very interested in how you described all the details about the book and yourself. It really made me rethink a lot of things going on in my own life.I thank you for that!

    • Israel

      Hi Bobby!

      I’m happy it helped you.

      I’m not a great reader either, but this one, I’ve already read it three times in a row.

      As you said, it makes you rethink a lot of things in your life, so that’s a good thing 😉

      Cheers and enjoy the moment!

  • JReese

    Love this post!

    My thoughts are always on a worried loop so I can relate very well to it and that book looks so inspiring! As someone who deals with depression I am constantly looking for new ways, ideas and books of course that will help me along the way.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Israel

      Hi JReese!

      Depression is the worst, I’ve lived it closely in my family and it is a very dangeours and sad thing to go through.

      I’m happy to be of help 🙂

      Cheers and seize the moment!

  • th3Invisibl3man

    I must admit that I do initially think that this is another motivational chapter like most of the books published. But after reading through your article, I find that it is not just an ordinary book that motivates you. It would potentially bring you back to live I would say and appreciate the present. Thanks for sharing.

    • Israel

      Yeah, that’s what I thought at first. That the beauty of it, it’s not just empty words put together.

      As you read through it, you start realizing things you never thought before, you start noticing yourself and the possibility of worries and anxiety disappearing from your life gets real.

      Thanks for commenting! 😉

  • Nicki

    Thanks for recommending the Power of Now! My daughter has fought depression and anxiety most of her life. I’ve given her so many books to read, but this is the first one that actually made a difference in her life. It really is an ‘Aha’ moment when those suffering are finally able to shut down the excess noise.

    • Israel

      Hi Nicki,

      I’m sorry your daughter had to go through that hard time. That’s the worst thing that can happen to somebody, since you cannot live with yourself because you’re your worst enemy.

      I’m really happy this book helped her turning off that annoying noise in her head.

      Thanks for sharing your stroy.

      Cheers and enjoy! 🙂

  • Hasnain

    This was absolutely wonderful. I have a habit of overthinking the whole time related to any topic. But this was really helpful here.
    It means a lot ‘now’. It is all we need for ourselves. Truly this was an amazing experience. Keep it up.
    And also it is very helpful for people who have anxiety issues as well.
    thank you

    • Israel

      Hey Hasnain!

      Overthinking is something we all do, and when you realize it makes no sense, you’re free at last and able to be happy.

      Thanks for your feedback 😉

      Cheers!

  • Arta

    This seems to be a WOW book. And something I am looking for. But I am just curious – after reading your review it does seem to be the right things to do and it looks nice when put down in a list. But – is it possible to learn to do this from a book? Easy said, hard done – comes to my mind when reading this and I am really not sure if I could do it just by reading the book.

    • Israel

      Hi Arta,

      You’re precisely overthinking here. We’re always doubtful and reluctant when we find something that we see as the solution to our problems, because “it can just be that easy”.

      Well, it’s not easy, because if you’re like most of the people, you’ve been your whole life attached and identified with your mind. Letting go off your mind and be present, fully conscious, requires to work on it.

      I just summarized the main steps The Power of Now sets so you can achieve that inner peace.

      What Eckhart Tolle does is walk you through how being in the Now is the only way to live happy, healthy and worry-free. You won’t get there just by reading the book. But if you apply what he says there, I can tell you from my own experience that you’ll feel a different person. He also was a complete different person before he wrote it.

      Just imagine you can shut down that incessant noise in your head, those countinuous thoughts that make you feel anxious, worried, guilty, sad… Picture your life without them. How does it look?

      I really hope you achieve that inner peace and finally be happy!

      Cheers! 🙂

  • Michael

    Thanks for recommending me this book! The biggest problem I have is worrying about the future. I am really insecure about my future and often think negatively about what could go wrong.
    I think this book will help me focus more on the present situation instead of worrying too much.

    • Israel

      Hi Michael!

      That’s the main concern people have. What’s coming next?

      And when you learn that future doesn’t exist, and past doesn’t exist, the only thing real is the present moment, you’re free from those worries and can finally be happy.

      I hope that The Power of Now helps you shut down your negative thoughts 😉

      Cheers!

  • Des

    Hi Israel,

    Liked your home page the minute I got there. Great name, great graphic and great strap line “your wife will appreciate this”. Had me glued from the off. The subject of Now is very pertinent to all of us and I enjoyed your in-depth review and thoughts.

    The student loans and photography sections are very clever and beautifully executed. Personally I dislike all the “get rich quick stuff” so your approach is very refreshing and very truthful.

    Good stuff too with the Airbnb. It’s the first time I have seen it promoted like that.

    Good Luck and keep up the fantastic work. I will visit soon to enjoy your progress.

    Cheers

    Des

    • Israel

      Hey Des,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m really happy you liked the site 🙂

      The Now is actually all we have, so why not live it fully and forget about those other thoughts than take us to places that don’t even exist?

      Thanks for commenting!

      Cheers!

  • Nathan

    Thanks Israel for this comprehensive and empowering post! I have been on a journey of self-realisation for thirteen years, learning techniques of being present from many ancient and contemporary sources. I consciously practice the law of attraction in my life and this book, The Power of Now, has been circulating in my energy field for a while now, and NOW is the time to act upon it’s presence. Thank you for being a co-operative component on my journey.. 🙂
    In appreciation
    Nathan

    • Israel

      Hi Nathan!

      Thirteen years is a lot of time. Good for you!

      The Law of Attraction and The Power of Now, are really something we should all practise, being present, being positive, living the Now fully… Nothing can make you feel more at peace than that.

      Thank you for sharing your experience.

      Cheers and enjoy the journey, my friend! 😉

  • Jack

    Wow! Powerful stuff here. I have bee suffering with depression for awhile and I have been looking for a way to “unplug” my mind and focus on the moment. This was all extremely informative and I will be looking into this book. I have been looking for a way to live in peace mentally and I think now I have the answer. Thank You!

    • Israel

      Hey Jack!

      Depression really sucks. My wife suffered it some years ago and it drains your life energy very fast if you don’t stop it.

      I’m sure The Power of Now will help you make the most of the present moment and forget about compulsive thinking.

      Cheers and enjoy! 🙂

  • B

    Wow, thank you for this great book review!! I was looking for a spiritual book exactly like that.

    It’s funny when you look for a certain product and the internet ocean just take you to a better product you didn’t know exist 🙂

    Thanks also for taking me to Amazon, it’s the cheapest place and above all, I can read the first few pages of the book before I purchase it.

    It’s fantastic!!

    • Israel

      Hey B!

      I’m happy you liked it and it’s helpful for you 🙂

      It’s the magic of being online… you can come across anything.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Cheers!

  • Helen

    I love this book and I use it all the time and also tell my clients to use it as well. Being in the now is a challenge for so many people and today’s social media and the mainstream media causes so much stress and anxiety people find it a challenge to relax and be in the now. Your review was very good and I love how you explained the book for others to understand. Thank you for sharing.

    • Israel

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for your kind comment.

      It really is a challange to be in the Now these days, I hope more people discovers how to do it and be happy with themselves 🙂

      Cheers!

  • Christine eross

    Hello, I thought you site was very nice and with a lot of information on it. It had a very nice layout and you a very unique niche to write about.I found it interesting how you bought in the affiliate business. I hope it works out for you and all the best for your future.

  • Ryan

    Hi, Israel
    Thanks for this review on ‘The Power Of Now’, I really found it insightful.
    I share a lot of the philosophies expressed by Mr Tolle and completely agree with his way of thinking. Nobody can completely control their emotions but we can understand them and help guide them to a more positive state.
    Our thoughts manifest our reality and being aware of them is the first step to self-realisation, wouldn’t you agree?

    • Israel

      Hey Ryan!

      I absolutely agree with you, my friend 😉

      When we are aware of our thoughts and emotions and watch them without judging, we have access to our real self, where consciousness is, and that state of mind, if perpetuated, is what takes us to happiness.

      When we realize we don’t need material stuff to fulfill our lives is when we are finally free and self-realized.

      I’m glad you already are into this philosophy of life.

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • Julia

    Very cool page. Totally can appreciate it is male identified but serving everyone at the same time. So diverse in topics and very genuine in personal perspective. I can also appreciate the incorporated graphics. It allows one to better select the topic of interest. Look forward to visiting this site again.

    • Israel

      Hi Julia!

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it, since that’s the whole point of it 🙂

      Cheers and thanks for commenting!

  • Xaric

    Dear Israel,

    I read the Power of Now a while back and it has changed my view on mindfulness, the present moment, and the spirit within.

    I loved that it was written as a Q&A textbook and Tolle was very explanatory and minimalistic with his words.

    “The happiness that is derived from some secondary source can never be true happiness.”

    This book is in my top 5!

    Xaric.

    • Israel

      Hi Xaric!

      That sentence you quoted really defines the whole book’s purpose 😉

      I’m glad you already know it and it helped you change your point of view in your life.

      Cheers and happiness!

  • Josh Ellery

    The power of now was an amazing book which changed the way I view reality. To me, it was the best book I ever read and I began to learn all of the dysfunctional things that I do unconsciously. It is a book which I think relates to every single person on the planet no matter what niche or anything. It is life itself. Awesome review

    • Israel

      Hey Josh!

      You’re absolutely right. I’m very glad you already discovered The Power of Now.

      Keep it up, my friend!

      Cheers! and all the best.

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