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Eckhart Tolle

A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment

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The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a transformative guide to living fully in the present moment, transcending the ego, and finding inner peace.
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    By focusing only on the present – and ignoring the past or future – you can greatly improve your life.

    Many of us want to find inner peace and improve our lives. We’re seeking – in a word – enlightenment, yet we don’t know which steps to take to find it.

    Well, the first step may be easier than you imagine.

    We tend to live in the past and in the future. One moment we’re reminiscing or regretting, the next we’re planning or worrying. Meanwhile, we neglect the one moment that is fully available to us: the present.


    Only the present is important because nothing ever occurs in the past or future; things happen only in a continuous stream of present moments.

    Whenever you feel something, that feeling is experienced in the present, because your senses can only give you information about this specific moment. So when we say that something happened in the past, that’s not quite true: it actually happened in a single, present moment.

    Indeed, what we call “the past” is really a collection of once-present moments that have passed. Likewise, “the future” is made up of present moments that have yet to arrive.

    As this suggests, there are no advantages to worrying about the future or dwelling in the past, but there are many to living “in the now.” If you manage to achieve that, you’ll experience no major problems, just small ones that can be dealt with as they arise.

    For example, a challenging task, like writing a scientific paper, often seems too large and complicated to be achievable. If you’re anxious about the work that’s remaining, or regret missed opportunities to work on it in the past, you’ll get nowhere. But if you just solve one little problem after another – gathering the data, developing a structure, writing the first chapter – you’ll accomplish it more easily.

    So try to live in the present! Stop clinging to the past and stop fearing the future, and you’ll see how dramatically your life will improve.

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    What is The Power of Now about?

    The Power of Now (1997) offers a specific method for putting an end to suffering and achieving inner peace, living fully in the present and separating yourself from your mind. The book also teaches you to detach yourself from your “ego” – a part of the mind that seeks control over your thinking and behavior. It argues that by doing so you can learn to accept the present, reduce the amount of pain you experience, improve your relationships and enjoy a better life in general.

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    The Power Of Now (1997) offers profound insights into spiritual growth and personal transformation. Here's why you should read this book:

    • It teaches the importance of living in the present moment to achieve a more fulfilling life.
    • The book provides practical techniques for transcending the ego and finding inner peace.
    • Its thought-provoking ideas resonate with readers across different spiritual backgrounds.

    Experience the life-changing wisdom of The Power Of Now and embark on a journey towards inner peace.

    Best quote from The Power of Now

    The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it.

    —Eckhart Tolle
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    Who should read The Power of Now?

    • Anyone seeking inner peace and enlightenment
    • Anyone who is experiencing pain and is unsatisfied with their own existence
    • Anyone who has the feeling that they are standing in their own way

    About the Author

    Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada who was depressed for most of his life until he had what he called an “inner transformation.” In the wake of this, he became a spiritual guide and wrote the bestselling self-help bible, The Power of Now.

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    What is the main message of The Power Of Now?

    The Power Of Now emphasizes living fully in the present moment to find inner peace and personal transformation.

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    Is The Power Of Now a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Power Of Now is a life-changing book that offers profound insights into spiritual growth and personal transformation.

    Who is the author of The Power Of Now?

    The author of The Power Of Now is Eckhart Tolle.

    How many chapters are in The Power Of Now?

    The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle has 10 chapters. The chapters are

    1. You Are Not Your Mind
    2. Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain
    3. Moving Deeply into the Now
    4. Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now
    5. The State of Presence
    6. The Inner Body
    7. Portals into the Unmanifested
    8. Enlightened Relationships
    9. Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness There Is Peace, and
    10. The Meaning of Surrender.

    How many pages are in The Power Of Now?

    The Power Of Now has 229 pages.

    When was The Power Of Now published?

    The Power Of Now was published in 1997.

    What to read after The Power of Now?

    If you're wondering what to read next after The Power of Now, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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