“Realize deeply that the present moment is all that you have”
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a classic self-help guide and ultimately stresses how important it is to be present in the moment, avoiding thoughts about the past or future. The book was recommended by Oprah Winfrey, has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into more than 33 languages, becoming a New York Times bestseller.
Let’s take a look at some lessons to help you worry less:
1. Life is the Present
Consciousness and the endless flow of thoughts in the human mind tends to lead to overthinking. Associated with this are the feelings of regret and anxiety that dictate your daily schedule. For example, you wake up late in the morning for work and regret it, then proceed to worry about how your boss will respond when you walk in late. Tolle says it is important to concern yourself with the present and nothing else. The present matters because it is the only thing that you are able to control. The past is a series of present moments that have already happened, therefore it’s not worth worrying about. Focus on the present and embrace the now.
2. Don’t Judge
By constantly judging your thoughts and worries, you create an endless cycle of wallowing in self-pity and misery. Tolle advises readers to practice mindfulness by simply acknowledging the voice in your head, but not giving into it. For example, the next time your thoughts lead you to worry about events happening tomorrow or in two weeks, don’t act on them. Be aware that the thoughts are there, accept them but do not become emotional, angry or upset in response. By practicing this form of self-awareness and being cognizant of your thoughts, Tolle notes that you’ll eventually stop focusing on the things that you can’t change.
The Power of Now is a wonderful guide which has sold millions of copies worldwide, which means that it clearly has some valuable lessons to behold. Eckhart Tolle provides useful advice for those who are worried about finding their path in life and wondering about the future. We, at PT Business Corner, definitely enjoyed this book and would like to thank Darwin Fogt for his recommendation.