Don’t lose yourself, stay in the now

The Power of Now (written by Eckhart Tolle in the 1990s) is an enlightening work on living in the moment, embracing the present and coping with the stresses of day-to-day life.

As someone who is constantly on the move, I know how difficult it can be to find the opportunity to sit down and read. For those that are tied up for time, here are a few of my favourite lessons from this classic book.

  • The central message is that our emotional problems come from our tendency to worry about the past and the future. Every minute you spend worrying about the past and future is a minute lost – instead we must focus on the here and now.
  • The pain that we feel is the result of resisting things that we cannot change. This is because we live in the present, so we have no means to change the things in the past or the future which may be burdening us. Often, developing a resistance to these worries causes us psychological (or even physical) pain.
  • In a sense, Tolle suggests that we are controlled by our mind – the babble of thoughts and consciousness, and the false sense of identity he identifies as the ego. This is the biggest hurdle between us and enlightenment, which is the ability to rise above thought and truly live in the present.
  • Once we enter an enlightened state, we can still use our mind, but we are not enslaved by it. We are able to put our worries to one side and quieten our mind when we choose to. In this way, we are able to live entirely in the moment.

At some point, all of us suffer pain which we cannot do anything about – the beauty of The Power Of Now is that it shows us how we can escape these anxieties.

To learn more about how to embrace the present and using it to combat anguish, you can drop me an email at sarah@sarah-j.com.