Stress, anxiety, fear, doubts, regrets, and more. What do they have in common? Probably the notion of time. Fear of the future, regrets of the past.
So many times, we spend worrying about what happened or not or what could happen or not. But what about the Now? What about the present moment? What do you do with it?
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”– Eckhart Tolle
You feel often stressed or anxious about the past or the future.
You want to fully enjoy the present moment more often.
You want to feel at ease.
You want to explore your spiritual side.
In a nutshell: Eckhart Tolle shows you through The Power of Now that every single time you worry about the past or the future, you lose a tremendous amount of time that you will never get back. All you have is to live in the present moment, the now, and the more you focus on finding a way to enjoy it, the more peace, joy, and happiness it will bring you.
Throughout the book, Tolle offers three key lessons to help to worry and regret less:
Our mind is constantly creating thoughts, 24/7, never a break, ALWAYS ON and 80% of these thoughts are about worries, doubts, regrets, or anxiety for the past and the future.
Tolle explains that the only moment you have the power to control and focus on is the present. Everything happens in the now: your thoughts, your emotions, your choices, and your decisions.
The past is only a reflection of a series of present moments that have gone by and the future is only a series of present moments that will happen, which is why living any type of other moments that the present will not bring you, is useless. One step at a time, focus on what you can do in the present and do your best with who are in the now, the rest will follow.
Eckhart Tolle claims that the feeling of pain is only the outcome of your choice to resist things that you cannot control. The past and the future are 2 good examples of things that we cannot change but that we worry a lot about.
We can only live and experience the present, and that is our only chance to find happiness and peace. The more we try to resist, the more we fill our minds with negative and unhealthy thoughts, the more we experience psychological, emotional, and physical pains.
How can you free yourself from pain and bring awareness to your thoughts?
Ask yourself: “what will be my next thought?”– it tricks your mind to become aware of itself. This method is based on the physical theory called the quantum zeno effect. It states that you can stop or freeze any system in its present state by observing it.
By often asking yourself this question, you will start delaying your next thought, which will in return give you some time to become aware of the amount of time you spend in this process of ongoing thoughts. With practice, you can interrupt your thoughts and separate yourself from it (one of the best sensations ever, a feeling of pure freedom!).
Let your thoughts come and go, don’t judge them, it’s a waste of time and energy.
This second strategy is about bringing awareness to your body and its abilities in order to learn to accept this ongoing process of thoughts that your mind produces, even the ones that are judgmental or negative towards yourself and others.
For instance, the next time you realize yourself thinking “I’m so stupid” or “I should have said something!”, breath, acknowledge it, accept it and let it go. There is no point in starting an inside argument about what you should have said/ done or not.
With these 2 strategies, you will be able to detach your Self (or consciousness) from your body’s mechanisms like your thought-driven mind. By doing this, you will free yourself from pain, by only focusing on what you can instead of on what you can’t change.
By reading this book, I:
Was able to STOP my ongoing thoughts when needed.
Became more aware of my Self (consciousness), my mind, and my body.
Felt lighter, more peaceful, freer, and happier.
Thank you, Eckhart Tolle, for having written this beautiful book containing life’s needs that we tend to forget or to not even be aware of!
Eckhart Tolle (1948) is a spiritual teacher and best-selling author. Being a German-born resident of Canada, Tolle is best known as the author of The Power of Now but also of A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. In 2008, The New York Times referred to Tolle as being “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”. In 2011, Tolle was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.