Written by Estella Vall
Only approach your past and future on the level of the present moment
It’s easy to get stuck dwelling on the past. Or you might sit around waiting for the future to come along and save you. You hope that someone will find you, a great job will come knocking on your door, or things will just get better somehow. Combine both of those thought processes and, suddenly, the present moment in front of you has lost all of its value. To truly move on from your past and take control of your future, you have to take them out of your mind and focus on what you can do right now. Tolle suggests to only approaching your past and future on the level of the present moment. You don’t want to deny your past or blow off your future, you just want to reach for them as tools when you need them instead: Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwelling place in the Now and pay brief visits to past and future when required to deal with the practical aspects of your life situation.
Essentially, you’re dropping the weight of the past and the stress of the future to focus only on what’s happening right in this very moment so you can actually do something. As things happen in the current moment, you can apply the lessons you’ve learned in the past without letting it take over. As you strive toward your goals, you can make future plans without getting caught up in a daydream of what may happen. Focus on what’s happening right now and everything else will fall into place.
Overall, this book has a lot of really great insights into presence, mindfulness, peace, and acceptance. It’s the kind of book you keep around for a time when you need it.
While reading the book won’t necessarily change your life instantly, its concepts and message stick with you when you’re done. Even if you don’t immediately give in to its teachings, you’ll likely find yourself trying to employ it’s tactics for presence in your own life. Approach The Power of Now with an open mind, give it some time to sink in, and you might find your perspective on the world changing a little for the better.
Although the journey is challenging, Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us. The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better. Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life.