The Power of Now
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle.
It presents itself as a discussion about how people interact with themselves and others.
The concept of self reflection and presence in the moment are presented along with simple exercises for the achievement of its principles.
Published in the late 1990s,the book was recommended by Oprah Winfrey and has been translated into 33 languages.As of 2009, it was estimated that three million copies had been sold in North America.
The book draws from a variety of spiritual traditions,and one reviewer described it as “Buddhism mixed with mysticism and a few references to Jesus Christ, a sort of New Age re-working of Zen.” It uses these traditions to describe a “belief system based on living in the present moment”.
Its core message is that people’s emotional problems are rooted in their identification with their minds. The author writes that an individual should be aware of their present moment instead of losing themselves in worry and anxiety about the past or future.
According to the book, only the present moment is real and only the present moment matters,and both an individual’s past and future are created by their thoughts.
The author maintains that people’s insistence that they have control of their life is an illusion “that only brings pain”. The book also describes methods of relaxation and meditation to help readers anchor themselves in the present.
These suggestions include slowing down by avoiding multi-tasking, spending time in nature, and letting go of worries about the future.Some of the concepts contained in The Power of Now, such as the human ego and its negative effects on happiness, are further elaborated in the author’s later books, especially A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005).
Author(s) : Eckhart Tolle
Publisher : New World Library (August 1, 2004)
Language : English
Paperback : 242 pages