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 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.
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.
I have suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder for 26 years and have in the last ten years had an alcohol problem. I am not cured. However listening to this book and recently reading this book i have found alot that helps me now.
I only hope that this book and teaching will help people as much as it is now helping me.
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.)
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?
This was one of my first contacts with Buddhist thought in such depth so for that reason I see it as ultimately the best beginner place there is.
Since listening to Eckhart Tolle I have listened to many others and still feel Tolle broke through to me and felt like a great spring board into the ideas. However you get there, right?
Peaceful and insightful his voice takes some getting used to but is worth it.
I have to speed up his audio cause he can speak too slowly. 1.25
"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.
"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.
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.
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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