As part of my new year’s resolution is to be a wiser person, I have decided to read more spiritual and self-development books. One of the most recommended books (suggested by my friends and Google) is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Reading this book is one of the best decision I have ever made in my life and the only regret I ever had is I did not read this book sooner.
Price in Rupiah: Rp. 244,000 (according to Kinokuniya bookstore, Grand Indonesia)
Why I like this book
I really like how Eckhart guides us to understand our nature of mind in a simple yet profound way. At the beginning of the chapter, he elaborated why and how most of us inherited insane egoic mind which causes us to make unconscious action and lead to suffering.
Eckhart brings us to see the reality in life and by reading this book, it has opened my eyes to see the difference between the illusion of past/ future and the life’s reality. After understanding that our actions, feelings, and behavior are mostly ruled by our egoic mind, he then elaborated ways to be free from self-created problems and to fully enjoy the present moment.
Even though this book is about discovering spiritual enlightenment, it is applicable to any spiritual belief. Towards the end of the book, he teaches us the art of surrender and answers all our skeptical thought about surrender seems to be giving up on life and sign of weakness (which he will prove us wrong!)
Who should read this book
Everyone! Especially for those who face problems who seems like there is no way out, for people who seek to find inner peace, emotionally unstable people, drama queen/ king, people who have past traumatic experiences, people who cannot be happy until they reach their goals, people who are so sick of living in sadness, sorrow, guilt, self-pity, fear, and anger. I guarantee you will not be the same person anymore after you read the book.
What I learn from The Power of Now
This book helps me to understand the nature of my mind which is very important as I have the tendency to use my past experiences to determine my next course of actions. Eckhart opens the new possibilities for me to fully recover from past traumatic experiences and show me ways to be free from the drama that I created.
For my meditation practice, Eckhart teaches me to pay attention to energy that flows in my body. Every action that we take can be a meditation experience. For example, when I wash my hand, I can feel the slippery sensation that the soap gives. The bubble touches my palm and it bursts as I rubbed my hand. I feel the coldness of water flowing down from my palm to fingers and the droplets are dripping down from my fingers to the sink. I am fully present experiencing this beautiful moment. I feel at peace most of the time even when I am typing this post. As long as I am fully present, all experiences can bring joy and peace.
In my daily activities, I become more conscious of my own thoughts and I can control my reactions towards others. It is easier for me to let go of unpleasant life situation caused by others and I am no longer judge a person based on what they do. Indirectly this book teaches me to be more compassionate towards others, to be more understanding, to fully understand the true meaning of surrender and to consciously choose to cherish present moment at all time.
Have you found your enlightenment after reading this book?
Not yet! But I am heading towards that direction. I have experienced a glimpse of enlightenment, it gives peace which there is no amount of money can buy this priceless experience.
Some of my favorite passages from the book
All problems are illusions of the mind
Only a surrendered person has spiritual power
Gratitude for present moment and the fullness of life now is true prosperity
Most humans are still in the grip of the egoic mode of consciousness; identified with their mind and run by their mind
Grieves serves no purpose except to strengthen a false sense of self
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.