The Power of Now

My good friend Mark gave me a book called “How to Retire, Happy, Wild and Free” about a month ago and the author, Ernie Zelinski, mentioned that living in the current moment relaxes us and lowers our stress levels. He said that if people spent more time in the present they would have fewer problems and fewer worries. 

Ernie said that this is sometimes hard to do, but he recommended another book called “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. He said that “The Power of Now” was tremendously well written and powerful in its message and that the book had the power to change my life. Heres a review of the book.

I had a five dollar off coupon at Border’s that was about to expire and that I needed to use and since the book was only $14 I figured why not spend $9 on a book that could possibly change my life. If have to admit that this was a wonderful book ! The book made so much sense that I read some of it to my sister Cathy while we were laying by the pool in yesterday’s sweltering heat and she wants to read it. I have included a few gems below:

Our mind is an instrument to be used for a specific task and when the task is completed you lay it down, however 80% to 90% of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but it is often negative in nature and much of it is harmful. By thinking too much it can cause serious leakage of vital energy.

One’s ego is constantly searching for wholeness so most people strive after possessions, money, success, power and recognition so that they can feel better about themselves, however once they obtain these things they find that there is still a hole there which is bottomless. The ego is never satisfied and needs to be constantly fed by these external things so most people continue to pursue these things and never take a step back and enjoy the now.

Nothing ever happened in the past and nothing will ever happen in the future because the past is reactivated in the now from our memory and the future is an imagined now because it is a projection of our mind. People need to spend more time in the present and all we really have is the present moment.

Most people spend their whole life waiting to start living. With all kinds of waiting you unconsciously creat inner conflict between your here and now, where you don’t want to be and the projected future where you want to be. This greatly reduces one life by making them lose the present.

When one’s attention is fully in the now there are no problems, only situations that need to be dealt with or accepted at that time. Many people have alot of “what if” thoughts where the mind is projecting itself into an imaginary future situation which creates fear. There is no way to cope with these situations because they don’t exist yet so why worry about them. One can always cope with the now and can never cope with the future nor does one have to because the answer, the strength, the right action or the resources will be there when they are needed.

Just a thought, but maybe we should spend more time living in the now as opposed to worrying about what “might” be in the future !