The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle/ Bookended

The Power Of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Today’s prompt for the 30-day book photography challenge is to share the one book that you recommend to everyone. You should read this, you tell them, it’ll change the way you look at life. The one book that I recommend to everyone is The Power Of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Books can do so much: they have the power to take us on an adventure, offer escape and respite from reality. They can also share lessons that help us navigate life’s triumphs and challenges and everything that falls in between. Sometimes, the wisdom they share is profound, distilled, clear, and accessible and Tolle’s books fall in this latter category. They equip us with a powerful tool: the realization that the present moment is all we ever have, the only moment that we ever need to engage with. I have read this book multiple times and listened to the audiobook at least twice. I think it’s fair to say that this is one of those books that everyone reads multiple times: you read it once and you think you understand it. Life goes on and then something happens. You pull out the book and suddenly, some lines are speaking directly to your experience. And on and on until this book takes permanent residence next to you.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

“You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension. Or perhaps your very success became empty and meaningless and so turned out to be a failure.” 

-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

I’ve heard people say that spirituality and self help are book store aisles we stumble into when we realize that we are adults but we don’t have all the answers, that it’s only when we have questions that we look for solutions.

“Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it, although you may not see it at the time.” 

-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.”

-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”

-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”

-Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Looking for more spiritual book recommendations? Here is a post that lists my 5 favorite spirituality/self-help books. Have recommendations that you’d like to share? Please do so by leaving a Comment. Thanks for reading!