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THE POWER OF NOW

By Jianna Bajar (Freshman Student)

The Power of Now, a 1997 novel written by Eckhart Tolle, discusses the importance of living in the now. This book emphasizes presence, thinking, and spirituality. The book explains how thinking can introduce needless pain and suffering, and that you can reduce this in your life by living in the present.

As a teenager, the idea of living in the present has always been very appealing to me because at times, thinking about my future becomes scary. So, when I found the audiobook for The Power of Now, I had to listen to it. After listening to the audio of this book before going to sleep one night, I have learned the pivotal elements to using the Power of Now to the fullest in day-to-day life.

Eckhart Tolle’s book has many lessons that will help any person live more in the present and gain more of a sense of what it means to live now. Here are some of my favorite lessons, and the ones that I will keep in mind as I am doing my best to live in the present.

#1 Life is Always Just Present Moments A principal way to rewire your thinking in relation to The Power of Now, is to think of your life as a succession of many present moments. Instead of a story that has past events, present events, and future events, one should think of their life as present moments over and over, succeeding one after the other. With this thinking in mind, you can highlight the value of making the most of the present day instead of stressing about the future.

#2 Pain is Resisting Things you Can’t Change One of Tolle’s claims is that the only pain that we, as humans, experience stems from resisting things in our past that we cannot change. This pain is essentially unnecessary, and to be released from this pain, we should stop worrying about the things in the past that cannot be changed and start living in the present to heal from the past, instead of dwell on it. #3 Free Yourself by Observation A vital way to rid yourself of the suffering of stress and pain regarding the past or future is to observe your own thoughts. One should observe their own thoughts without judgment. If you just notice the thought that is troubling you, you can just accept that it is troubling you, and then move on. If you are to scold yourself for wasting time on these stressful thoughts, it will go on and on in a cycle, instead just be aware of what your mind is focusing on to stop fear or anxiety in its tracks. #4 Full Attention to the Now You should always strive to live in the now, no matter what you are doing, no matter where you are. You should put your undivided attention in the present moment you are in. This means that for example when at work, doing work, at class, completing assignments, your mind should fully be in the present moment. You must accept the present moment that you are in. This will make all of your day-to-day experiences richer and more fulfilling, and aid anxiety or pain. #5 Don’t Let the Mind Wander It is important to accept all the thoughts you experience, but that does not insinuate that you can let your brain wander without paying attention to what is happening in current time. To not let the brain wander takes practice, but in The Power of Now, Tolle emphasizes the significance of teaching yourself to refocus when distracted so that you can see what is happening in the present moment. #6 Acceptance is Not Defeat Accepting one’s thoughts or circumstances is not synonymous to defeat. Accepting your circumstances signifies that you can stop