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)
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.
To it's defense I must say I didn't finish it - but that said I can say I don't quit many books. The author (who also reads parts) is a previously depressed guy who one day hux-flux found enlightenment and then found his call to teach it. That's all good - but this guy is almost totally void of humility and is not teaching as much as tutoring. Early on he flips the secret of God, we have misused the phrase but he knows what it really is! On top of that he speaks with a voice someone would use if he wanted to portray a stereotypical Asian wise man on Saturday Night Live. Keep browsing past this one, there are a lot of better books on similar enough subjects. I want my credit back!
I had time, credits, and the motivation to pursue this phenomenally successful book. Unfortunately, the result was that I was simply bored. Bored by the author as the reader, and bored by the trite pseudo psycho/philosophical/metaphysical tripe that was offered. I felt as if it were 2 a.m. and I was suffering through a real estate based get-rich-quick infomercial. I was asked to launch into an ill-conceived new worldview on the basis of faith in the author. But nothing about him engendered faith in his "I had a miracle so I hold the answers to the eternal questions that no one else alive has ever been able to figure out" routine. The author struck me as a sort of Brigham Young without tablets. I felt rather sad actually, I had hoped that there was more to benefit from such a successful literary endeavour. Oh well, I'll keep looking.
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.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, but only if I felt they were ready to hear this type of knowledge.
I had several memorable moments that are specific to my life events, but they may not have meaning for some one else.
He has a wonderful soft soothing deep voice that was relaxing and easy to listen to.
Goodness no! This book book has complex and deep thought provoking information that needs to be heard and digested in bits & pieces (at least for me anyway), plus it's 7 hours long, who has that kind of time?
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Incredible and life-changing"
This book is unbelievable. Eckhart Tolle's words resonated so deeply with many of my own experiences and difficult times. He makes life seem so simple and straightforward somehow. This book is very empowering, uplifting and has real power to change lives... I plan to listen to it at least once a month to remind myself about all that is wonderful about life and the human condition. I just can't recommend it highly enough.
"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'.
"A profound spiritual book by an enlightened master"
There is a very good reason why this book/audiobook has sold millions and it is not because of clever publishing. Eckhart Tolle is one of the great living spiritual masters alive today. I have read probably 2000 books on spiritual life and been a transpersonal psychotherapist for 30 years, alongside practising meditation and yoga for 50 years.This short book is at the top. As a wise friend said to me "He speaks FROM the truth...not ABOUT the truth. He knows. You do not have to go far on the internet to find endless confirmations of what I am saying. It can be read/listened to indefinitely and every time it is fresh, because it is a transmission of truth, not ideas and theories about truth. It is also a manual on the path to enlightenment through the practice of presence ie. being here now His instructions are crystal clear. and you won't need an interpreter to know what he is saying and how to do it. It is Eckhart Tolle himself who reads the book. Very important as the vibration of truth is in his voice as well as his words. Worth its weight in platinum.
This makes you put everything into perspective, and I found it truly inspiring. I definitely will be getting some more of his stuff.
"The Bible of All Self-Help Books"
If I could give something to every human being in this world it would be The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle speaks with an authority that is so obviously from pure consciousness. I have many others in my collection, but this is the one I return to again and again. Without doubt, his words are divinely inspired.
"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.
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