Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language in a question and answer format. The words themselves are the signposts to guide you on your journey. There are new discoveries to be made along the way: you are not your mind, you can find your way out of psychological pain, authentic human power is found by surrendering to the Now. When you become fully present and accepting of what is, you open yourself to the transforming experience of The Power of Now.
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"One of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power." (Deepak Chopra)
"A reminder to be truly present in our own lives and liberated from our past and future. It can transform your thinking." (O: The Oprah Magazine)
I wanted to like this book and going in I had high hopes for a good, if not great, read... Hopes dashed as this book, in my opinion, deserves to be exposed as one of the more over-hyped books ever.
Early on in this HIGHLY REPETITIVE psychodrivel my own self talk kicked in over and over, making it almost impossible to do as the author suggests... "Don't think, just listen." Thanks to the glaringly ridiculous narrative of the author's own life, (2 yrs living on a park bench! Say what?), the aforementioned repetitive nature of the content and almost incoherent logic, I found it difficult... no impossible, to "not think, just listen."
Honestly, if you contemplate the title of this book (The Power of Now) and how the moment at any given time can hold power and why, that meditation alone will do more for you than wasting your time with this new-age mess ever could.
Parting jab: The book was recommended to me twice. First by a friend and again by a family member, both of whom I hold in high regard. I had to call each about half way into the book and confess, "I must be missing something." Both admitted that they ignored the vast majority of the clunky content and focused on the simple idea of living in and embracing the moment. Wow. Can you say hype confirmed?
(Did I mention it's highly repetitive? Yes, I did. And it bares repeating as the repetition makes for a particularly painful read or listen.)
I loved this book. the consents for life and for living a life free of the ego is truly moving. The light within you will shine when you give yourself the oportunity.
There is so much here to take in, I will listen to this book over and over. At the same time, the author provides clear guidance on how to take the first steps toward enlightenment. I also appreciated how Mr. Tolle pulled in the philosophies of the major religions to show how they are consistent.
it complitly change my perspective on things! i started to expirience the serenity that comes with being able to live in the present.
I really enjoyed the way the story flowed in the question and answer format. I also found the explanation of conflicting duality within the perceived mind to be impeccable! I would have liked a little more direction in how to get to the now but alas no one book can give you all the answers. However this book has certainly brought me closer to finding that sense of inner being and peace. Thank you Eckhart
"I was sceptical"
Initially not sure whether this would be any good and thought maybe other reviewers were desperately looking for something that the rest of us knew was a bit 1960's and zen like. Maybe they are - maybe not. I don't think I am but I did find this surprisingly inciteful and useful. Lots of really down to earth good advice and good philosophical (and dare I say it) spiritiual food for thought. But to reiterate: useful and pragmatic from the start. Have listened to some bits a few times as it seems to make me think of things slightly differently each time.
This audiobook was great and I genuinely consider it to be life changing. Tolle's teachings made me realise the root of my anxieties and hence unhappiness.
He gets quite spiritual at times, which doesn't particularly appeal to me, but the overall message is a wonderful one and has made me appreciate 'the now'.
"Buy it NOW!"
The incredible power of this book stems from the simplicity of its teachings. Tolle presents a system so simple and undebiably true that it cannot help but work. I am not so sure I would have taken so much from the written book, so the audiobook is definitely the recommended format to absorb this timeless teaching. If you do only one thing to improve your life, then make that reading this book.
"Present Moment Awareness"
This book opens the door and gives a glimpse of a world I had not experienced since childhood. That of living in the present moment. A beautiful but very indepth read.
"Find TRUE & PERMANENT HAPPINESS - Amazing book"
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the author for producing this book, an amazing, truly life changing experience. I recommend listening to this title in small chunks to really take in the PEARLS of WISDOM. Free yourself from your mind, find your inner happiness.
"I now live in the present"
This was recommended to me as a book I should read. I am glad I did.
The book explains how we rush about in our daily lives, earning money and supposedly living. But how often do you sit and think about what you are doing 'now'.
I have learned to enjoy living in the 'now'
To listen to the sounds of nature and actually see nature growing.
There is so much beauty around us.
I would listen to the book again, if only to remind me, if I should forget, to live in the 'now'
The most memorable part was actually realising that I can listen and be in the present and it is peaceful and calm.
Eckhart's voice is calming. He pauses several times to allow you to take in what he is saying.
I listened to this book in 2 days. When the author told me to enjoy the moment, to listen, feel and taste the now, I felt that my life is suddenly going to be richer in experiences.
This has proved to be so in many experiences since.
Eckhart Tolle is an extremely inspiring man. I love this book and his other books also. His ideas are great and having implemented some of them already in daily life I feel a lot more positive than I have in the past. Releasing how far away we are from living life like we should in order to be happy and healthy is amazing. I'm not sure I could dive in like the author did and live happily homeless but I have definitely taken as much of his advice as I can. My only slight issue is that his voice is very calming and hypnotic to the point that I found myself getting a little sleepy while listening but that can also be reviewed as positive because he is very easy to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book.
"Couldn't finish it"
This book because it is so badly read I couldn't finish it. I know its meant to be amazing, but I just didn't take in any of the information because of the narrator.
Perhaps I was under a misapprehension when I bought this book - I was expecting something about meditation and the philosophy of living in the present.
Sadly, it turned out to be pseudo-religious with an author that claims lots of answers but can substantiate none of it. He answers with generalisations (the best one was where a voice says something like "Are any of your claims proven?" and Tolle replies with "Do it, and you yourself will be the evidence)", and when he started banging on about "energy fields", "life energy", "energy polarity", and how women feel pain because of the rape and subjugation of previous generations, I was just laughing at the stupidity.
Now, the one useful point here is the idea of living in the present and not dwelling too much on the future or the past. I really hoped this would elaborate on that area, but to be honest it didn't really move on after the first few chapters.
The performance is ok - Tolle has a calm, steady tone although they have put a bit of an echo on the sound, so it sounds like he's trying to hypnotise you. There is an annoying cymbal that is meant to break the chapters but just sounds a bit silly to me.
So in conclusion, I bought this based on the other rave reviews. I guess others must have a very different view on the subject. Maybe if you want to believe this stuff and don't require real evidence or substance and are happy to trust people on the basis that they claim to know, then you might get on fine with this. Personally I am disappointed - there may be some useful stuff here but it gets drowned out by the unsubstantiated claims.
Utter nonsense, give it a miss and use your credits on something else that's not total tosh.
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