It was 2012 and I was feeling a little lost and confused. Sitting outside a cafe, I read a book by Eckhart Tolle called ‘The Power of Now’. I just graduated from University and just wasted two years of my life writing and recording tracks with a producer and the project didn’t work out (a completely different story I’ll post some other time). My memory isn’t too good but moments such as reading Tolle’s book will no doubt stay in my mind forever. It was the moment when I found some clarity in my life and the tension I felt within subsided, even just for a while. With my highlighter pen in my hand, I recall highlighting every single sentence that spoke so powerfully to me. The book is definitely a life-changing read and it seemed like I highlighted pretty much every paragraph; that’s how incredibly powerful this book is.
I was always so busy when I was attending University. I was working in the weekends and attending my lectures and rehearsals the rest of the week. When I finally got my degree, most people advised that I take some time off but I didn’t. I felt so lost and confused so I focused on getting as many jobs as I can. Looking back, it was clear to see that I didn’t honour my time and my life. I was too busy worrying about the future and the past and I clearly didn’t honour the present moment which is, what he says, all we really have. I was too busy worrying and working that I completely forgot about ‘living’.
Eckhart Tolle teaches us to honour the ‘Power of Now’. Honouring the present moment is definitely a healing tool to overcome anxiety and eliminate the unnecessary worries we have in our lives.
Here are some of my favourite quotes from Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘The Power Of Now’:
“Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there,” or being in the present but wanting to be in the future.”
“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”
“As soon as you honour the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”
“Die to the past every moment. You don’t need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.”
“The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.”
“Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
“What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is?”
I highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power Of Now’ if you’re seeking for some calm and inner peace. That’s certainly what I gained from reading this book and I wish for you to have the same and more…