I have found that I’ve read many books at just the time I needed them, no matter whether they were fiction or non fiction, and on occasion the order in which I’ve read some books has been just right that it helped me fully digest or appreciate the books that came later.
This is true of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle for me. I’m sure by now everyone has heard of this book. It has been translated into over 30 languages and even Oprah sings its praises. I’ve been meaning to read it for ages but honestly if I’d read it before now (no pun intended) I’m not sure I would have got the message. Earlier this year I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse which led me on internet travels of Buddhist thought and I’m currently reading Eknath Easwaran’s translation of The Dhammapada whose introduction was very interesting reading. Both those books got me into the right frame of mind for The Power of Now.
It’s not the easiest self help book to get through. At first I wasn’t really comfortable with the question answer style of certain parts as I prefer a narrative style but you do get used to it. You may or may not be familiar with some of the ideas that form the basis for Tolle’s message. Your familiarity with or exposure to some of the concepts in the book could potentially affect how you feel about it. Stick with it, read slowly, let it percolate.
I do think it is an important book for us all to read at some point. It’s a short book but best read slowly. There is a lot to take away from The Power of Now but the most basic message as you may have guessed is related to time. There is no time but Now. The past is but memories and the future is imagination, the only thing you need to concern yourself with is now. This is quite liberating if, like me, you often find yourself worrying about a future that doesn’t exist yet and a set of problems that may never exist.
The more time that passes since finishing it the more I realise about its implications for my life. I’m sure that no matter what you’re going through; good, bad, or meh, there’s something for you in this book that will help you. If you’ve already read this book I’d love to hear what you thought about it.