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The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle

I have one of those brains, probably like many of you, that just won’t shut up. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, my brain is making lists of things I need to do or worrying about things I haven’t done or even regretting things I did do. Sound at all familiar? In Eckhart Tolle’s bestselling book The Power of Now, he teaches and encourages the reader to let go of thinking and come back into the Now.

You’ve likely done it by accident at least a few times in your life. You’ve seen something so beautiful it stopped you or you’ve been engaged in a high-risk sport or activity that required that you be fully present. In those moments, you’re not thinking. You’re just being. You’re in the Now.

In the Now there are no problems. Problems are just your analysis, your thinking, your inability to accept things as they are. Tolle writes, “Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment.”

I admit that some of the concepts are hard to wrap my brain around, but maybe that’s the point. I’m not supposed to be applying my mind to the concept. I’m supposed to live it, to be it, to just be. I found Tolle’s The Power of Now inspiring and refreshing. Maybe that’s why it’s been on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year. On the book beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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