I am an avid book listener. I like to read fiction and listen to non-fiction. I read when I ride the stationary bike at the gym, listen while I run and when I'm walking around. I am a compulsive multi-tasker trying to make the most of my time, and I'm also trying to learn to live in the now.
My latest listening adventure has brought me to The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I'll be honest. Someone recommended this book to me a year or so ago, and when I listened to it then, it was too esoteric for me. I wasn't in a place to understand the message, so I was surprised when I awoke one morning with a desire to revisit the book. After a few days of the nagging voice of my intuition, I decided to go for it.
After all I've learned over the last year about choosing to be happy and using meditation as a tool to create awareness and make new choices, I was delighted to see I was in a place to use the message in The Power of Now to build on all of the learning.
In his book, Eckhart Tolle, explores how we use the past experiences and future fears to build pain centers in our lives. We focus on the pains of the past and the fears of the futures to motivate our action and consume our energy, rather than focusing on this moment in time. He explains that if you can separate yourself from your past and the future and focus on right now, then you will become a witness of yourself and feel greater peace and joy in your existence.
The book offers many questions and answers that attempt to challenge his theories. He admits there is value in facing your emotions and learning from the past, so long as you use them to be present rather than live in the past.
I must confess, I'm experienced in not being honest with myself, dwelling in the past and using my painful experiences to prevent me from moving forward in many areas of life. I never thought it was entirely possible to extract yourself from the past and the fears and emotions that controlled me. Now, through the power of meditation, I'm growing in my presence of mind and awareness, and I am encouraged through The Power of Now to continue growing the experience.
I encourage you to live in the now too because you can!