The Power of Now’s core idea is to focus on the present movement because as Tolle says, you don’t have control over the future or you can’t change your past but you can be a better version of yourself if you stay in the present, and make good use of time.
This is a must-read if you’re stuck in the past and want to change your future but you’re having a hard time fingering out what to do next.
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The Power of Now Summary
I have watched tons of MS Dhoni’s interviews and he says,
“Always Focus on the Process, don’t think much about the result. In the end, if you get the result you wanted then it’s good but if you don’t then move on and work hard to achieve again because you don’t have control over the past or future”
He says this in every single interview and this got stuck in my head since.
Eckhart Tolle also talks about the same things in his The Power of Now book but he expands the same and he will give you a clear idea of why process and present are powerful.
So let’s expand the same and see some of the core lessons from the book.
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Story of Bagger
Tolle tells you a story in the first chapter of Power of Now and this will set the tone of the book, so let me share the same story in a compact way.
There was one bagger who used to sit on a big box every day and ask for money from whoever walked past him.
One day, one stranger shows that this bagger is not living in the box alone, so out of curiosity he asks, what’s inside the box.
The bagger didn’t answer him but after a few hours, the bagger said, there was nothing inside the box.
After some time, the stranger forced him, and it turned out the box was filled with jewelry.
By this, Eckhart Tolle just wanted to say that everyone has gold inside but everyone is looking outside, no one wants to see what they’re hiding inside.
So from today, see within yourself because you’re capable of everything, you just have to finger things out by yourself because you too have gold jewelry inside yourself.
Find that jewelry because you can.
Feel Your Body
The Power of Now is a self-help book, so meditation is supposed to come, so let’s explore it.
The authors didn’t say, you have to sit in a quiet place and focus on your breath. He simply says, sit anywhere you want but be in the present movement.
Just sit where you’re right now and don’t think about the past or your future plans.
Observe the tree, people around you, animals, or anything else. See what’s happening inside yourself.
Be where you’re right now and don’t leave that place. Now, your mind won’t stop, you will have tons of thoughts and you shouldn’t try hard to stop them, just don’t answer any of the thoughts, just see it as a third person.
Don’t engage with them.
So if you have never tried meditation then do it today, you don’t have to sit in proper posture. Sit anywhere alone for 10 to 20 minutes every day for the next 30 days and see what kind of changes you see.
Death is Event
Just like you were born, you will die one day, that’s the reality and you have to accept it. You can’t escape reality, what you can do is accept the reality and enjoy the time you have on earth.
Don’t be scared of Death. Live your life the way you want to live so that when the day comes, you die with happiness and not with regret.
My father died when I was 1 year old, and my mother took care of me, my brother, and my sister. And yes, I’m not ready to let go of my mother but I know the day will come.
Sh*t I’m crying while writing this, I don’t want to talk about my mother’s death. Let’s focus on what the author says.
The author says, learn to say goodbye accept reality, and move on because this is the only truth.
Thoughts You Have
There is a book by Joseph Nguyen, Don’t Believe Everything You Think comes in. This book is all about thoughts, so if you want to explore more then go read it but if you want a brief answer then you will get the same in the power of now too.
Eckhart Tolle says you will have thoughts about what you see, what you hear, and what you smell.
That doesn’t mean you need to think about everything, you have to choose what’s important and what’s not, you need to have that filter in your head otherwise you will waste lots of time on unnecessary things.
The best solution is to not engage with every single thought, just let them go, and don’t answer every single thought.
From today, be aware of the things you consume. You don’t have to watch every single movie or TV show, you also don’t have to be on social media or even watch reels.
The reason is simple, you have a choice, so pick the right ones.
The Power of Now Lessons
- Present is Now, not yesterday or tomorrow. So focus on Now rather than wasting time in the past or future.
- You won’t stay young forever, so take care of your body, so it can do the same when you get old.
- You have unlimited power within yourself, so don’t go outside to find them, look inside yourself.
- Death is just an event, so accept it and move on because that’s the only thing you have control over.
- You can’t stop your thoughts but you have a choice whether to engage with them or not.
- Don’t put your brain on autopilot, be aware of your actions and make changes where needed the most.
The Power of Now Quotes
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.”
“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.”
“Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”
“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find you’re here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.”
“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”
“You are awareness, disguised as a person.”
“Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought”
The Power of Now Review
The answer is yes, The Power of Now is a good read and you won’t regret buying this book at all but if you feel whatever you have read here is what you already knew then I would suggest you skip the book.
This doesn’t mean, The Power Of Now is not for everyone, what I’m saying is, if you already know the things you are about to read then it doesn’t make any sense to spend time on them.
Self-help books are meant to help us and you don’t have to read tons of books to do that, A few books will do wonders, if you make a change in your lifestyle.
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