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The Power Of Now A guide to spiritual enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

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The Power Of Now : A guide to spiritual enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

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“Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

My first time reading this book was just a few months ago. I spent the few weeks afterwards captivated by its’ ideas and how it applied to every moment in my life.

I walked down the same road for the millionth time to reach home, and yet I noticed countless new things about my surroundings. Had I really never noticed that weird looking tree or that huge crack in the road despite living here for 16 years?  It’s surprising how much you notice about the world around you when you’re not caught up in meaningless thoughts about the past or the future.

Eckhart Tolle describes in this masterpiece how every moment that you spend regretting the past, or worrying about the future, is a minute lost.

All of Life is simply a series of Present Moments

Think about it, anything that happened in the past occurred in the present moment just like anything that will happen in the future will also take place in the present moment.

Eckhart teaches that the reason we regret and worry so much is due to how our mind functions. The constant noise in our mind is predominantly to do with 2 things: the past and the future.

This applies to my life as much as the next person’s. If I have an assignment due in 2 weeks time, neither regretting the time I’ve wasted nor being anxious about the heavy workoad I’ve left myself with will help. However, what will help is seeing what can be done right now and getting started.

Consciousness is the Way Out of Pain

Eckhart argues in the Power of Now that the only personal pain we have comes from either identifying ourselves with the past, or a longing for the future. Essentially, he brings up the point that many of us have built up resistance to things we can not change.

We fret constantly about the past and the future, but all we have and will ever have is the present moment.

This also leads to Eckhart’s point about ego. Our ego’s feed on the past (who we think we are) and the future (who we want to be). The only way our ego can survive is if we allow it to by continually thinking about the past and future. If we were to be fully living in the present, we would be freed from the way we identify ourselves based on our problems and experiences (ego).

Free yourself by Observing your Mind and Refraining from Judging your Thoughts

One of Eckhart’s strategies described is to simply ask yourself regularly “What will my next thought be?”. This is based on the quantum zeno effect, sometimes stated as “a system can’t change while you are watching it”.

Ask yourself this question and you will be surprised at how long it takes for your next thought to pop in your mind. Personally, I’ve found that the more I ask myself this question, the longer my next thought is delayed. By even asking yourself this question, you bring yourself into the Now and are observing your mind.

Through this you can begin to understand just how much of your time is spent on autopilot, and slowly start detaching yourself from your mind and bring your attention into the present moment.

Another concept that I learnt from Eckhart’s book is to refrain from judging that voice in my head that says “I should’ve done this” or “I bet that will happen”. Rather than resisting these thoughts and fighting them, learn to simply accept them without judgement. 

Notice the thoughts when they arise as if you are observing your own mind under a magnifying glass, but don’t label them or act upon them. In essence, you will be dropping your regrets and worries so you can actually focus on what’s happening right now.

Conclusion

The Power of Now is the sort of book that you might want to read multiple times. Each time you read it, you will undoubtedly gain a better understanding of the powerful concepts of mindfulness, presence and acceptance.

Your grasp of his ideas will strengthen each time you read them and if you’re anything like me, it will give you a fresh perspective on life and how to finally get rid of that damn voice in your head so you can actually live your life.

If you’ve read the book or have any questions/thoughts about it, feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to discuss it with you.

“Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” My first time reading this book was just a few months ago. I spent the few weeks afterwards captivated by its’ ideas and how it applied to every moment in my life. I walked down the […]

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Power of Mindfulness

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So while looking at different blogs and discussions I found this awesome post on Thought Catalog about how being Mindful can reduce stress. I will summarize and highlight it here, but feel free to check it out for yourself!

Mindfulness is being self-aware and shifts in how we view what is happening and how we react to what is around us. This is what helps us respond in a way with flexibility and tolerance. One of my favorite professors in college taught an Event Management course. One thing we always talked about was how Nothing is a Crisis.

This mantra is phenomenal. Think of times when something was a literal crisis? It is now over, and we gained something from it. Freaking out about something you cannot change just adds more stress to your life. For an example, if there is a snow storm on the day of something you are planning with friends. You do not control the weather, unless you are Storm from the X-Men, so freaking out about that is going to cause more stress in your evening.

Something I truly like, and try to do daily, is have daily time for just silence. This can be done with prayer if you are religious or meditation. Essentially something that can anchor you to the here and now.

The first time I tried meditation it was so difficult to actually control and focus my thoughts. It took me really trying about 3-4 times to start feeling the benefits of it. Now I live for my silence every night before bed.

So give meditation a try, and see if you can find your center to reduce your stress.

 

via Power of Mindfullness — Managing Stress My Way

6 Mindfulness Tips for Millennials

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Many of us could use some added mindfulness into our daily lives—especially us millennials.
We are the instant-gratification seeking generation that grew up with the digital age. We value self-fulfillment and social impact. And yet, it’s so easy for us to feel overwhelmed and under pressure.
Let’s take a step back and see what simple steps millennials can do to realign our selves in order to feel valued and content.

Before we get started, let’s set the record straight for what mindfulness even is. Clearly, you’ve come to right place (hence the name of my blog).
Mindful.org defines mindfulness as, “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

For simplicity, mindfulness can be broken down into three steps:
Learning to be more present
Become aware with your inner self
Letting go of judgment of oneself and those around you.

It’s less about being perfectly calm and focused all the time as it is about awareness.

I’ve tailored a series of simple steps that I’ve found are both effective and relevant for our generation. 6 simple steps to living more mindfully as a millennial starts here:

Learn to unplug from the digital world and focus on the present.

Do you notice that your computer runs a lot slower when your internet browser has 20+ tabs open? Same thing goes with our brains. It’s time you close some of the tabs open in your head, and start focusing on one thing at a time.

It’s estimated that millennials spend at least 18 hours a day online. We’re constantly managing multiple tasks at once and thinking about what’s coming next.

We need to learn to turn the digital world OFF. That also means putting our brain into airplane mode and focusing on the moment in front of us.

When you’re with your friends, be with your friends. When you’re at work, be at work. Look up from your phone and notice the trees changing color on your walk home. And believe me, every moment of your day does not need to be on Snapchat.

Stop focusing on what to come, and what you’re missing out on somewhere else. Learn to just be in the now.

Get a hobby, other than Netflix…

6 Mindfulness Tips for Millennials

A series of relevant and effective steps for millennials to realign themselves and find purpose…

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Inspiration – Mindfulness

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“Ultimately I see mindfulness as a love affair – with life, with reality and imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world.”    – Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindful living

What an inspiring way to describe mindfulness. Life is beautiful.

In the beginning it takes practice, and yes, some discipline to bring mindful awareness to our thoughts and feelings.   Many of us will choose to sit in meditation as a daily practice, and focus on our breath. This takes time and willpower. Which is also part of the mindful practice.

Yet, ultimately, it isn’t about the place we are practicing in, or what we want to gain from meditation. Its about opening ourselves up to being aware of every aspect of our life. Our actions, thoughts, beliefs, speech. Our body and breath. Our attitudes and how we relate to others.

Connecting to the world around us and within us.

It becomes a love affair with the world and our being-ness.

Namaste

“Ultimately I see mindfulness as a love affair – with life, with reality and imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world.” – Jon Kabat Zinn What an inspiring way to describe mindfulness. Life is beautiful. In the beginning it takes practice, and yes, […]

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Mindfulness

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In a world dominated by smart phones and other handheld devices, society seems to have developed a need to be constantly entertained. We scroll through social media on the bus, read a book while waiting in line or, if all else fails, pull up a game to pass the time. Our minds are always busy, but what happens when we don’t step back, focus our minds and recharge?

Recharging our minds helps us deal with all of the thoughts, feelings, and events of our lives. Not taking a break and plugging your mind into the present can allow a buildup of stress and anxiety, which lead to bigger problems with things like high blood pressure and depression. Practicing mindfulness is a fantastic way of bringing your focus back to the present and recharging your mind.

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Mindfulness is a way of paying special attention to what’s around us. The trick is to notice our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a way that is open, curious and accepting. Anyone can practice mindfulness, anytime, anywhere. The trick to seeing the effects of living more mindfully is to practice regularly.

The effects of living a more mindful life are unique from person to person, but some of the widespread benefits are

  • Lower stress
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved concentration
  • Relief from psychological difficulties
  • Greater awareness of teh why behind our own feelings and behaviors
  • Allows us to be more present in the good times
  • Boosts creativity

Ready to jump in? Take a few minutes and follow this basic guide to submerging yourself in the present.

Sit comfortably and focus on your breathing, from there spread your mind out to notice other physical sensations of being in the present moment. Notice your thoughts and feelings. As you’re taking stock of the moment, the trick is to not pass judgement on the physical, emotional or mental aspects. Chances are your mind will wander away from what you’re doing. Don’t criticize yourself when this happens, just bring yourself back to your breathing and start the process of focusing on the present over again.

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One of the really cool things about mindfulness techniques is that they can be broken down into short exercises to help you focus and relax in stressful situations. For example, if you’re in a meeting and feeling overwhelmed try out one of these mindfulness exercises to help you focus on the present and relax in stressful situations.

  1. Take a moment and notice three points where your body makes contact with itself or the world around you.
  2. Breathe in for a count of seven, then breathe out for a count of eleven. Repeat.
  3. See if you can find the space of stillness between breathing in and out. Focus your attention there for the next few breaths.
  4. Take a deep breath in. Imagine the air going all the way down to your feet and notice the sensations of your feet against the floor. Repeat.
  5. Take a moment and think of a kind wish for… Someone you care about, Yourself, Someone you really don’t know, and Someone who bothers you.

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Even taking one minute to focus on the present moment can help to recharge your mind and clear away the chatter that is stress over the future or regrets over the past. So, next time you find yourself reaching for your phone for a bit of entertainment, try immersing yourself in the present instead.

In a world dominated by smart phones and other handheld devices, society seems to have developed a need to be constantly entertained. We scroll through social media on the bus, read a book while waiting in line or, if all else fails, pull up a game to pass the time. Our minds are always busy, […]

via Mindfulness — Zendocity

Mindfullness

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Hey guys It’s been a while but I really wanted to dedicate this post as a start of something new, A start of a new era and way of thinking, taking control and changing our ways. I want to start off by saying I am by no means a life coach, but I am studying […]

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