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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (original: 1999; edição: 2004)

de Eckhart Tolle (Autor)

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To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the beginning of the first chapter we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where one breathes a lighter air, the air of the spiritual. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. The words themselves are the signposts. The book is a guide to spiritual awakening from a man who has emerged as one of this generation's clearest, most inspiring teachers. Eckhart Tolle is not aligned with any particular religion but does what all the great masters have done: shows that the way, the truth, and the light already exist within each of us.… (mais)
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Título:The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Autores:Eckhart Tolle (Autor)
Informação:New World Library (2004), 236 pages
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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment de Eckhart Tolle (1999)

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Even when I don't like a book, I try to find some nugget that was informative, useful, or beneficial in some way.

I don't hate this book... I rather liked the first few chapters. But I became caught up in my "mind-body ignorance" or whatever in chapter 8 when the author became heterocentric, cisscentric, and told me to just pay attention to my menses to free my mind. I'm noping out of this book.

What I find beneficial is the thought of some kind of spirituality, in whatever form I choose to define. Maybe now that I've reached a certain age, I find that when I'm focused entirely on work and not on myself, that my quality of life suffers. Spending lots of time outdoors and being mindful helps present me with another point of view, something that kind of resets me and makes me feel "me". I liked the first few chapters in the book, because it felt like the author was describing (in some way, not identically) how I feel when I make a point of being present to my surroundings in nature. Listening to every sound I hear, making a point to seek out every color, finding ways to accept my surroundings even if it's too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry, whatever.

However, and many other reviewers have pointed this out, Eckhart Tolle does not hold the monopoly in teaching about mindfulness and presence. Many of the things I read in the first part of this book were things I'd learned about through therapy (DBT, ACT), some Zen practice, and lots of Yoga. In fact, I found the *way* that the author prescribes spirituality to be limiting. I don't feel spirituality as a mindless "energy vibration"... I feel it when I am outdoors, doing Yoga, flying an airplane...

Another of the parts of this book I don't like are the thought that we can just some how brain-zap ourselves out of depression or pain. I have suffered through pretty bad depression, and if I had read this book then, that I could just "snap out of it" and "be okay" through my own willful decision... would have been patronizing and cruel. And as somebody who has intermittent chronic back pain, while mindfulness does help me accept the fact that my body will not do what I always want it to, I cannot just will the pain away. It will be a part of my life forever.

I also firmly believe that my ego, my sense of myself through my work, my relationships, and even through my past and future... is an important part of me. I am learning that I can't focus on that person exclusively, I also need to spend time nurturing the mindful self... but I read this book and keep picturing "mindful zombies" who just sit around feeling the "energy vibrations" or whatever, meanwhile nobody has any life ambitions or goals. I think the importance is finding and accepting both halves of that dichotomy and embracing both in our lives.

Finally, I can live without the pseudoscience. Most "woo" books that I've read (which admittedly isn't many) completely lose me when they start going off about physics. Please stop doing this. ( )
  lemontwist | Jun 26, 2021 |
Started with Ruby's book club but put on hold because of COVID. In Evanston, it is now my night book. Helped me get to sleep in a better way.
  Elizabeth80 | May 8, 2021 |
This is not an over-hyped book. It elucidates a framework for understanding the way your mind and emotions like to fence in and imprison your being. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, or lack thereof, this book can positively change the way you approach life. I highlighted all throughout, took away some profound statements, and keep a running list of great propositions. One day, I'll start adding those to Goodreads. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
I've been listening to a podcast recently where this book was briefly discussed and as I've been meaning to read it for years I decided it was time. Fortunately I didn't need to buy it as I found a copy on my wife's bookcase that she was given by a friend many years ago. This book is considered a spiritual classic with Buddhist leanings and often pops up on lists. The core message is that you can remove a lot of your 'problems' by focusing on the now and not worrying about the past or the future.The first chapter is very very good but after that it does get a bit repetitive and a lot of the chapters cover similar ground. The book also contains questions he has been asked along with his answers. While these do work in the main, there are some answers he gives which are not great and there is rarely any counter questions to these weak answers. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 9, 2021 |
Do not presume Tolle's Power of Now is merely pop culture self-help or a shallow new age guru with nothing to offer. In fact, I would go as far as to say The Power of Now ought to be required reading for anyone who considers themselves spiritual. If you read it looking for faults or aspects to disagree with, no doubt, you will find them. Conservative religious people (of any faith) may be put off by his universalistic tone and language. However, if you can get past that and read this book with an open heart desiring to live more closely to God, I think your spiritual life will be deepened and you will be blessed. Overall, the primary truth he teaches resonated with me on a profound level.

With that said, there were 4 aspects of the book that were frustrating:

1. Repetition
Despite explicitly stating his repetitious nature in the introduction, it did feel a bit much. No doubt there's a meditative aspect to repetition, but I would guess the book length was determined more by publishers than by what's necessary. It easily could have been half as long. I would love a 1 or 5 page summary to reference.

2. Misuse of Jesus' word
Tolle does not align exclusively with any religion, although he references the Bible and Buddha most often. As a Christian, I found his interpretations of Jesus' words to sometimes be refreshing and enlightening. However, he also seemed to force his interpretive lens onto Jesus, at times explaining the "real" meaning of his words that were distorted by the writers of the New Testament. To me, this felt presumptuous, reeked of confirmation bias, and misrepresented Jesus. Try not to be hung up by this. The point he trying to make is that the truth he speaks of has a long history - it isn't something he just made up - which is unnecessary for his main point.

3. Style
Most of the book is written in a question and answer format, where Tolle responds to questions he's encountered over the years. To me, it felt disorganized and a little bit "all over the place."

4. Overly individualistic
Although, he touches on relationships, overall his approach to spirituality is highly individualistic. We are communal beings; grace and love are found primarily with others. I wish he had a better balance between solitude and community.

Despite my complaints, there is profound wisdom in this book. Highly recommended for all who wish to enrich their spiritual life. 4.5 stars. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
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To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the beginning of the first chapter we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where one breathes a lighter air, the air of the spiritual. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. The words themselves are the signposts. The book is a guide to spiritual awakening from a man who has emerged as one of this generation's clearest, most inspiring teachers. Eckhart Tolle is not aligned with any particular religion but does what all the great masters have done: shows that the way, the truth, and the light already exist within each of us.

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