Did you know that often personal failure is due to losing the reins of our lives? We often let time and opportunity pass by being stuck in the past or too eager to enjoy the present minute. Eckhart Tolle wrote “The Power of Now” to help you achieve a more peaceful and enjoyable life!
With the book, you can reach your spiritual awakening and understand what to do to get your life organized, focus on your goals, find the inner light, and move on to the goal of success.
Stay with us in this summary and discover the behaviors you must have to achieve this life!
A New York Times bestseller, the book The Power of Now (1997) features 156 pages and 10 interesting chapters in which you will understand the secret of wholeness and the importance of knowing your inner self.
The book has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and it was translated into over 30 languages.
Eckhart Tolle is the pseudonym of Ulrich Leonard Tolle. A German writer graduated from the University of London and a researcher from the University of Cambridge.
He specializes in the art of inner self-study and focuses on the importance of spiritual transformation for a full quality of life.
He has written 6 fantastic works and was extremely well-known on the show by US host Oprah Winfrey.
Reading this book is indicated for people who seek to free themselves from negative energies, focus on their inner self, and understand the sense of fullness.
In other words, people who want some practical advice on how to pay attention to the present moment.
Fully recommended for leaders and managers who are uncomfortable with inertia and want motivation for inner transformation, freedom from mental slavery, and immediate change in all areas of life.
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In the hectic days we live, with constant chores, businesses, family, it is common to always be worried throughout the day. Being mindful always keeps us from finding our way to serenity.
We can understand serenity as a calm, peaceful, gentle feeling. This is especially true when you can handle that difficult or almost impossible situation with a little more balance.
Finding balance is not only about being at peace, it is also about seeing your inner self and feeling the freedom to connect with yourself.
It is the conviction that to be enlightened is to be interconnected with plenitude, with ease of problem-solving, and consequently with a better quality of life.
In fact, what we need to do is to connect with ourselves in such a way that we are unable to identify with our minds.
Our mind carries with it a whole set of predetermined labels and concepts. It is through it that we acquire all the judgments and inflate our ego in such a way that we fail to see our inner self.
Identifying with the mind is the same as letting go of time, giving up the now, attaching to the past or holding onto the hands of anxiety, and always worrying about the future.
That is, the mind begins to dominate you and you start living in its service.
What really matters is understanding where your energy and attention is being directed and seeking freedom from the mind by filtering out involuntary and compulsive thoughts and thus reaching a high level of balance and productivity.
Eckhart Tolle emphasizes during the work, the need that we have to worry about our thoughts and seek a new direction for our life.
Our mental activity is accelerating and this has been a harm to our health. Not just for not letting us be at peace with ourselves, but also for directly affecting our view of the present tense.
A fast-paced mind inflates the ego, nullifies the "now" moment, projects the person into the future, or binds to the past in constant comparison with what was in previous years.
Understand that you don’t have to stop thinking, but to filter what is worth in your thinking. The mind is powerful because it not only includes thinking. It is responsible for uniting the emotions that consequently influence the functioning of our body.
Can you imagine any situation where after a negative thought you felt angry and noticed some changes in your physical body?
Headache, stress, the tension in the upper limbs are examples of reflexes coming from the response of thought to our body.
Sometimes your thinking may conflict with your emotions. Do not worry about it. Just value your emotions, because your thoughts tend to the ego and not to the conscious mind.
So be aware of your conflicts, emotions, and thoughts. Learn that you are not your emotion or your thinking. You are the observer, the leader, and the manager of your existence. Understand that you are not an extra but the protagonist of your life.
Suffering is intertwined with the level of leadership our mind exercises over us. Whether emotional, physical, conscious, or unconscious, suffering can have two levels: that which originates in the present and that which refers to the past.
We know you understand that you have to unlink in the mind, now we want you to understand how to prevent suffering from taking over you.
Suffering can manifest itself for two reasons. Either by not accepting the now or by resistance as a form of judgment in our thinking.
And the mind, what does it all have to do with it?
The mind is extremely temporal. Time and the mind go hand in hand so that it is tied to the past or future by seeing the present tense as threatening, dangerous, and destructive.
This is one of the gimmicks of the mind that in order to remain in control and ensure its permanence hides the present and, consequently, vitality and creativity, as these are characteristics that depend on the present tense to function.
That fear paralyzes what we already know. But what the author points out is that fear does not refer to what is happening immediately, so it is not something concrete and true.
Fear is a projection of what we are imagining to happen. That is, fear is not real. Therefore, an instinctive reflex led by our mind.
This feeling is based on the time difference between the future and the now. And this period difference is called anguish time.
This space of anguish can become karma for you if you don’t detach yourself from the bonds of mind and ego.
There is a leading cycle of people ruled by fear. The cycle happens as follows:
Understand that the ego releases fear because it is insecure and vulnerable and also brings the constant sense of loss, fear, and dread of making mistakes.
Did you understand how deep it is?
If you can untie the suffocating bonds of the mind, you will achieve the freedom you have been waiting for.
Identification with the mind brings with it self-confidence, inner illumination, and full awareness that power over others is unnecessary when you cannot first exercise power over yourself.
Start by asking about your personal life, friends, and work life. Observe your thoughts, your memories, and what your body's responses are through this analysis.
Now answer for yourself: Are you an unhappy person?
If so, understand that the stored negative energy is one of the reasons for personal failure. Also, understand that it is highly propagable where it is inserted.
Have you ever wondered if your constant complaints about your work environment, activities, staff members are one of the causes of your poor job performance?
Unhappiness attracts negativity in such a way that it becomes part of your days, your life, your home as a family member or a close friend.
Discard it. Throw away every trace of negativity in your life.
You can start by going against the resistance that persists. The process of accepting the gift is the most favorable way to liberate yourself from all negativity.
When your mind identifies that there has been acceptance on your part, and the inwardness of the concept that things can be or may be fine, negative thinking is not formed, nor does it open doors to the influence of ego and unhappiness.
We already said how much a complaint can be a trigger for negativity. Eckhart Tolle explains that often this dissatisfaction manifested through words is unconscious.
Every time a person complains, they immediately become victims of that situation and it can become routine.
Understand that you can do differently in three ways:
Learn that continuing inertia paralyzed in a situation will never be the best decision to make. Don't be afraid of the fear that may appear to hinder your decisions.
First of all, admit the fear, repair it, analyze it, try to understand the origins of that feeling, be fully present to understand this situation. Only in this way you can interrupt the communication of this feeling with your mind.
During the work, the author explains the importance of surrender in the face of a process of fear.
Surrendering to something or someone is not synonymous with weakness, but a path to liberation and the key to reaching the top of success.
Initially, it is important that you understand that relationships to be enlightened need balance.
For the balance to be found with the fullness of the link, there must be a sense of satisfaction. Being with someone who makes us feel good is the same as finding peace.
But why can this relationship change instantly? What happens is that we have a hope of perfection that makes us blind and unprepared for any mistakes this person may make.
Being aware that any relationship exists on both sides is wise. Negative and positive polarities exist. What cannot exist is the lack of balance and the increased frequency of negative cycles.
Another important and responsible factor for the deterioration of relationships is dependence on one or the other partner.
When one or both present this relationship of constant need, it is a sign of incompleteness. And this is not a good thing.
This sense of lack is a consequence of the identification with the mind and ego that, being weak, vulnerable and insecure, takes control of the situation, attracts fear, and projects a solution to all problems.
Consequently, the relationship goes from enlightened to toxic and destructive in a short time.
Eckhart Tolle gives some important tips to look at. Between them:
In the book "Mindset" by psychologist Carol S. Dweck, it discusses how our beliefs shape our behavior and growth. While mindsets produce definitive worldviews, people can change by learning new skills. Human beings can be taught to respond in different ways, how to face challenges, and think differently.
For Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence", strong emotions can interfere with attention and all aspects of clear thinking. Instead of trying to eliminate their feelings, people should strive to find a smart balance between reason and emotion.
Finally, Rhonda Byrne's book "The Secret" teaches us that thought is a magnet: it attracts what it emits. You can attract the best in the world to your life. To do so, your feelings should serve as a boost for your well-being. Love, the author says, is the greatest of these feelings.
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