The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – Why I got it

I think like so many people I had got into the habit of thinking too much about the past and worrying about the future.

The older we get, the more ‘baggage’, memories, mistakes and history we acquire which, in turn, preys on our minds like a home movie inside our heads.

I had got to a stage where I just felt as if I was in a state of flux all of the time.

I was literally weighed down by a some very painful memories that I’d never quite got to grips with.  On top of that, I felt as though because I’d lost control of so much of my past I needed to somehow control my future.

That’s why I bought The Power of Now.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – Mental Health Awareness

Of course whilst it’s possible to plan and prepare, none of us knows what’s coming around the next corner.  If we did, we’d drive ourselves mad.  There is a huge emphasis on mental health at the moment here in the UK not least because Prince Harry recently admitted his own mental health issues to the media.

Unfortunately, just because we cannot ‘see’ a mental illness it is somehow downgraded or misunderstood.  People assume you can just pull yourself together.  However, you wouldn’t say that to someone with a physical illness would you?

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Transform Your Life

Living in fear and discontentment is a form of mental illness and a sure fire recipe for disaster and can quickly spiral if you don’t take steps to nip issues in the bud.

I discovered The Power of Now after reading an article by Gloria Hunniford talking about how her daughter Caron Keating coped with a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Upon further investigation, I discovered, it was also one of Oprah WInfrey’s ‘most important’ choice from her Book Club.

I was sold.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Why Is It So Good?

Eckhart Tolle has experienced depression and once considered taking his own life so the fact that he has written such a transformative book can only mean it has to be taken seriously.  It is a small book that I now carry everywhere with me in order to remind myself of its teachings.

It’s easy to slip into bad habits so I dip in and out of it frequently.

In a nutshell, he reminds us that we are control of how we feel.

Very often, we experience pain in our lives because we are constantly ‘thinking’ on autopilot:  it is our default setting of choice because it’s familiar.  We expect disappointment and pain so that’s what we get and then we can say ‘I told you so’ and so the vicious circle continues.

However, we can step outside of our heads and begin to observe how badly we are treating ourselves.  We simply learn to identify who we are through those unhappy thoughts and ultimately, we are not defined by our thoughts of the past or our worries about the future.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle It’s Easy To Change With Practice

When we stop and wake up to what is happening right now e.g. the taste of the food in our mouths, the feel of the water during our morning shower or the awareness of how we are breathing in and out, the incessant thinking and worrying can be stopped.

Hold yourself in the moment and try my little mantra, ‘I am here and I am now and I have no problems in this moment.’  Be still.  This is what Eckhart Tolle calls ‘inviting stillness’ into your life.

Be in the world but not of it.

Stop thinking and just be at peace..

That’s why being with pets it’s such a fantastic way of being in the moment and why I truly love dogs.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Don’t Waste A Moment More!

Happiness and peace can be found in the moment and it can set you free from the pain of internal turmoil.  Don’t wait to feel better ‘when you meet the love of your life’ or ‘book that amazing holiday’.

Holding and maintaining yourself in the moment you’re in is transformative and when practised correctly has the ability to truly set you free.

So, go on, try it for yourself.

Here’s to life on your terms,

 

Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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