This book changed how I see the world and all the things, that seemed so "normal" to achieve (bigger, better..) Don't read (listen) if you object Tolle's voice or if you looking for new stuff to add to your "mind". You'll be happier with a "How to...in 7 days" book. Tolle can give you a new way to just "be" but it will not be something your mind could achieve, because it won't let you just be. I found this book to be the most important in my life so far. As long as you judge authors by how they live though (be it on a park bench or in a big home) you're definetly not ready for it.
Since I began a yoga practice almost a years ago, I have been looking for ways to extend the physical benefits to my mental practice. While I found the Autobiography of a Yogi very good, and also some of Deepak Chopra's writings, this book really crystallized what I have been intuitively moving toward with my mental and physical practice. It is so compelling I have now listened to it two times and am beginning the third. I cannot recommend it too highly. . .if you are ready. . . I don't think I would have been a year ago and without the foundation of the yoga practice.
Im not a religious person but had to use this heading because I read this every day, just like some people do with the Bible. it is fantastic how, when I just open it at any page for the day it has something relavent for me pertaining to the day. Just one paragraph or sentence can speak volumes to me. it is not a book that you read from cover to cover and certainly not in one sitting.
...and now I've totally confused you (and myself) because I am supposed to be reviewing the audible version I suppose. Yes I have both and yes my review applies equally to both versions only a snippet at one sitting!
This is, without doubt, one of the best books I have ever read (including, as I do, both print and audio books in that group). Tolle's philosophy (if that's the right term - spirituality may be more appropriate) is straightforward but at the same time hard to implement without great concentration. Because of this, I recommend that you listen to this at home rather than on the road because if you don't pay close attention it's easy to lose the thread. I usually delete audio books from my MP3 player once I've read them, but not this one. I turn it on whenever I feel I need some existential orientation. Highly recommended.
i have studied eastern philosophy and have been meditating for over 15 years...very few books get to the essence of meditation and philosophy..it is so simple...yet impossible for our minds to grasp.being in the now is all there is and will ever be but it is not a concept..it is a state of being that is unreliant on understanding.his words are beautiful but far more blissful is the stillness he encourages you to seek inside you where it has always been and always will be and this bliss is there right now for you to seize
I found myself embracing the message of this book. However, as one previous reviewer put it "Listen to at least the first chapter, you will either get it or you won't". Ah, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I am grateful that I was ready for this one. Truly awe-inspiring.
I think that the guy is on to something here. But I can't listen to this without falling asleep. I mean, while driving, eating breakfast...It's not just the voice, but there are little bells and the other people are also talking in the same little "you are getting very sleepy" monotone. I think the printed version would be better
The book builds on an old view point: the past is gone, the future is coming, and all we have is now! Of course, the most important aspect of life is the current moment - it's here and now it's gone. But, shaping our future and creating our destiny, and enjoying life beyond simple pleasures is equally important It is the self-actualization of our creations, struggles, creativity, relationships, and love for all living things that brings meaning to life - not simple focus on the inner self of now. Our microscopic and macroscopic worlds are interacting but not necessary in harmony. To focus on the inner self and on now is an over simplication of the the magnificant complexity of our worlds. Personally, I have this myth that Buddish and Asian philosophy have much to offer us materialistic, capitalistic beings - but I'm sorry to say that once again the goose is without a gold egg - for now!