While I agree with those who complain about the monotonous voice and poor sound quality, I was able to put that aside and really take in the audiobook. Tolle certainly has some good points about letting go of the past and not focusing on the future. And the main theme of this book is very much in line with Buddhist thinking. When the stresses of life seem overwhelming, it really does help to clear your mind, focus on the now, be present in the moment. However, for those of us who have a job, a spouse, children, parents, friends and bills to pay, this is not a way to live all the time, lest your goal in life is to be homeless and die of starvation. I would love to come across a book that helps balance the ideal of present thought and meditation with the practicality of living in the current world and all of it's influences and obligations. And certainly letting go of the past has it's place, but one should never let go of the valuable lessons learned from the past, be it your personal past or the history of mankind. To do so is not enlightenment but a cycle of ignorance where the same mistakes are repeated over and over. As for the future, we tried forgetting about the future and ended up with pollution, holes in the ozone and global warming. There needs to be a balance, an awareness that we live in the present, we've learned from the past and we must protect the future. As with any self-help book, if you feel it makes you a better person, great. Take the good from it and keep chugging along. For me, it was just OK. Good advice in certain circumstances, but not life changingly profound.
I have been a huge Anne Rice fan for many years and I am glad that she continues to write interesting and provocative stories about the beloved vampires...and now incorporates them with the Mayfair witches. I had some reservations at first about "hearing" Anne Rice as I had always read her books but I must say that I was not disappointed and the narration was very well done.
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