The Power of Now will always remain loaded on my PocketPC (along with whatever else strikes my fancy each month). I've listened to it over and over. And over. Tolle's voice and tone are therapy in themselves; his message has been absolute healing for me. After listening to this audiobook, I went out and bought the print version - that's a first!
As a practicing catholic, I believe Mr. Tolle in an inspiring and humble prose lays down the principles of a fulfilling and happy existence in this world. He does not wander in unmeaning theoretical discourse, instead he starts with common day experience and dwells into the wisdom of all major religions, including christianism but not limiting to it, to come up with pearls. Ecumenism at its best. I believe it will be appealing even for atheist, or people who are looking for meaning in their life.
For a while now, I've been educating myself on religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Kabbalah, Islam, Hinduism, Sufism, etc.) and reading the works of today's most revered spiritual speakers, and after listening to this audiobook, I can honestly say Eckhart Tolle has tied it all together. His simple (yet amazingly profound)teachings and concepts allowed me to take a second look at everything I'd already learned, and do so with a deeper, more accurate understanding. There is no way that you're going to read this book and not come away with a basic understanding of how to master the mind, which is to say that you'll know when the mind is to be used, and when it's time to step away from the mind and just be. And the most amazing thing about it is, once you realize it,,you'll also realize that on some level, you've known it all along. This book is truly liberating. I've been seeking inner peace for a long time, and now I know that the key is within me, and has been there the whole time.
I have always been someone who spends 80% of my time thinking of the past or planning for a future that normally never works out as planned... major wastes of time. Rarely am I in the moment or enjoying that I am experiencing that second. I am normally recalling something, thinking of something else, etc. and don't absorb new things. I lost a brother 20 years ago in a car accident and lost my mother a little over a year ago to Cancer. While I certainly thought of the past and what I could have said to my brother, etc. the loss of my mother threw me into a tailspin. I would relive every moment of her illness daily, every word we said in her final months (all wonderful, we were very close) I would also find myself back to my brother's death and then constantly in panic worrying about my father's future, the rest of my family, etc. My mind was racing 24/7. I would wake in the middle of the night in sheer panic. My doctor have me something for sleep, something to take for anxiety and then anti-depressants. Everything possible to shut down my mind. It helped, but I am not one to take pills and hated having to take this stuff all the time with some but uneven results.I am not one to read books. I can sit still for maybe 20 minutes and then I close the book and never finish it. I joined audible hoping to be able to learn from books I knew had knowledge I needed, but I would never sit and read cover to cover.First, I listened to Jill Bolte Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight" and learned so much about quieting the mind. Then, I moved on to "The Power of Now". I have taken notes and used many of the techniques Tolle recommends. I truly feel much calmer, if I catch myself looking back of forward I pull myself into the present. This has been the first time in many months I am not obsessing about the past of worrying about the future. I will say that sometimes Tolle speaks over the heads of the listener and the format (Q&A) causes him to repeat himself. But there are many nuggets of valuable information in the book that you must listen to. Well worth the time.
"My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor. A similar theme of being present.
Personally, while I understand the value of a Q and A format, both the male and female readers used to ask Tolle's questions often sound as if they are reading off a prompter or seems to be trying too hard to pretend they are the ones really asking the question. The bouncing from male to female from chapter to chapter is also distracting.
This book is rich and engaging for the reader who wants to live free of fear, anxiety and anger. Read by the author, it has a strong draw to continue to listen.
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.
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The content is great but the quality of audio is not. Tried type 3 and 4 files on different devices with the same result. Doesn't happen in all chapters but more frequently than one would want. Its annoying.
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.
I really enjoyed this book. What I particularly liked was the Question / Answer format the book takes. The author discusses a point and he then reads questions that have been posed to him from audiences in the past. I found it particularly rewarding because often times a question I had in my mind was later asked and answered by the author.
If you are a veteran of self help or spiritual seeker this book will ring true. If you new to this some of the discussions might be a little deep but I think it has a lot to offer.
I really enjoyed having the author narrate this. I'd love to hear this person speak.