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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle
by Eckhart Tolle
Aug 12, 2012
I personally loved this book and thought it was one of the most important books I have ever read. But, I think one's appreciation for it will depend on what you are expecting from it (though I guess this is true of all books). Some people are looking for books that promise immediate positive change by just following a few exercises or by repeating a few positive thoughts. For those people, there are an endless array of self-help positive thinking books on the shelves that will probably make them feel good faster than Tolle's. But those books would only produce short lasting superficial change. For those serious about personal transformation, who are willing to actually put in the work to do it, Tolle's books is the book for you. In The Power of Now, Tolle does a wonderful job enlightening readers about the presence of peace always available to us in the present moment. Jon-Kabat Zinn does the same in his books, but not with the spiritual context that Tolle does it. Tolle refers to the teachings of various religions and illustrates how they all seem to teach us about how human misery is due to a separate sense of self (ego) that gives rise to negative thoughts and emotions. More importantly, Tolle explains how a "simple" shift of our attention can help us dis-identify with this ego, allowing us to experience peace. Of course, things are easier said then done, but they've got to be said before they're done. And, I don't know any other book that says it more directly and concisely than this one.
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August 12, 2012 – Shelved