The Power of Now

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle is a German spiritual teacher and author of the US bestseller “The Power of Now”. In his book, Tolle shares his personal journey to achieve well-being and satisfaction through different techniques and logical reflections. Tolle invites readers to take each word and passage as a way to perform an active introspection. The main goal of the book is to encourage readers to visualize themselves in the “now”, disengaging from conversations of the past or the future. He reflects on how the main source of personal distress is not being able to embrace the present moment. This book offers active pauses to perform personal reflections, as well as tools to start your personal spiritual and healing journey. Here there are some remarkable passages from the book:

“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.”

“So give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting . . . snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So next time somebody says, ‘Sorry to have kept you waiting,’ you can reply, ‘That’s all right, I wasn’t waiting. I was just standing.’”

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there,’ or being in the present but wanting to be in the future.”

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