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Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers, sharing the enlightenment he himself experienced after a startling personal transformation. His views go beyond any particular religion, doctrine, or guru. This book extracts the essence from his teachings in The Power of Now, showing us how to free ourselves from “enslavement to the mind.” The aim is to be able to enter into and sustain an awakened state of consciousness throughout everyday life. Through meditations and simple techniques, Eckhart shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.”

This manual-style book instantly dives into Eckhart Tolle’s principles of “living in the moment,” which could be a jarring experience for readers who haven’t read his preceding book, The Power of Now. For the initiated, though, this makes an excellent companion guide–rich in exercises and meditations to help readers get out of their minds so they can live more peacefully in their bodies. Sometimes it’s hard to fathom what on earth Tolle is talking about: “To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of ‘feeling-realization’ is enlightenment.” Be patient. All concepts will be revealed (or at least more carefully explained). Ultimately, Tolle leads readers into a new form of thinking (or actually not thinking) that erases the consuming habits of waiting, worrying, and being in fear. The first step is ending the “delusion of time.” He asks, “Are you always trying to get somewhere other than where you are? … Is most of your doing just a means to an end?” If so, Tolle has a book full of advice for you. As simplistic as this may sound, Tolle’s work has spiritual merit and depth, especially for frantic Westerners who find their lives diminished by packed schedules and busy-ness. –Gail Hudson

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