For all of us interested in practical tips how to reach inner peace, Eckhardt gives hands-on advice and explains his theory in simple words. The only "disadvantage" is Eckhardts voice, which can lead to immediate sleep when listening a few minutes to it...
Here is an example of a rare commodity in these busy media stuffed times - the simple truth about our human nature. It comes with no complex programme, guru to worship or god to pray to. Just the basic facts about what to do if you want to wake from the normal hypnosis of daily life and make a contribution to the development of both individual and global consciousness.
This seems almost like I listened in "random" mode. It does not flow. The ideas sometimes are clear, but they present little progression. Disappointing after listening and reading _A New Earth__. Sandy
I love to have this audio-book on my iPod. Whenever I realize I'm getting impatient or irritated I just put my headphones on and re-connect to the ease and joy of living in less than a minute. His voice has such amazing mind/ego calming effect. Brilliant!
The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle approaches the Sculpture of Enlightenment from a different side to most Spiritual Teachings and the approach introduces a simplicity which clears the path to Truth. The simplicity is not going to appeal to all because it does not entertain you mentally, in fact the approach works because it does just that - it stops you from THINKING and places you in BEING and from that platform comes your best chance at realising the Truth about Everything. The Audible book - narrated by Eckhart - has a meditative quality about it due to Eckhart's serenity, this alone will help illustrate what Eckhart is trying to communicate through the words. Highly recommended if you're serious about your search for Truth.
Rather than being overly scholarly or "heady," The Power of Now is an audio book that is easy to understand and easy to listen to. I learned so much from this book as well as Tolle's Practicing the Power of Now. I highly recommend the audio versions of these books, as they are well done and make the material even simpler to understand.
Practicing the Power of Now is a more step-by-step guide toward living in the present moment.
I find Tolle's voice to be calming and easy to listen to. HIs belief in what he is saying (although he might quibble with the word "belief") comes through every moment of the performance.
I was particularly moved by the introduction, where he describes his history of depression and what happened to him when he hit his lowest point -- a spiritual transformation, enlightenment, which changed his life forever.
I was a skeptic before I listened to this book (and also Tolle's Practicing the Power of Now). I thought perhaps it would conflict with my Christian beliefs, or that it would be filled with ultra-spiritual concepts that would be over my head. I'm a skeptic no more. Tolle's teachings are easy to understand and grasp, and he does everything he can to help you practice being present every day. As he says, you only have 3 choices when presented with anything in life: You can leave the situation, you can change the situation, or you can accept the situation. That lesson alone, if practiced from a conscious choice and in the way Tolle teaches, is life changing. After just one "listen," I have already felt my stress level decreasing markedly, and my energy level for things that are important to me has risen dramatically. No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, if you can open yourself up to Tolle's teachings, you will find, as I have, a wealth of peace and tranquillity that you can begin to infuse into your life -- right now.
The Power Of Now is toward the top of my list of books that make you think (or in this case, stop thinking). In short, it is somewhat Buddhist philosophy that goes like this: The past is gone and only exists in your memories. The future only exists in your head, as well. The only thing that is real is the present. And, if you would just stop thinking so much about the past and the future, you could enjoy the present. That's pretty much the book in just a few sentences.
Personally, I had a death of a family member as a young teenager that affected me for many, many years after it happened. I really think my life might have been different if someone had explained to me back then that I had the power to just stop thinking about it.
On the other hand, it is silly to think that the past just disappears. For example, a Southern California middle school teacher was recently fired for appearing in a pornographic movie. The film was produced well before she became a teacher. It is clear here that what she did in her past affected both her present and her future. Eckhart Tolle's advice in "The Power of Now" might make her present more enjoyable for her personally, but the bottom line is, nobody else is just going to magically forget about her past (career wise, anyway).
But kudos to Eckhart Tolle for not only writing a whole book explaining the benefits of "stopping to smell the roses," but doing so in a masterful way. Used in moderation, the information could benefit much of America, whose unchecked egos have caused much misery and pain.
For anyone interested in "The Power Of Now," I'm going to suggest the book, "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself," by Michael A. Singer. It contains some of the same concepts, but, in my opinion, in a kinder and gentler way. Perhaps, it is a little less, "just stop thinking" than Eckhart Tolle, but still explains some of the dangers of the unchecked ego fairly well.
Forget about the content of this Audio Book, you wont be able to get passed the terrible naration. It is like a mix between an Indian Guru and a Drunk person trying to imitate Gold Memger from Austin Powers. With a intolerable bell chime between each chapter this is one book that I found to lame to get through.