Are you present in the now moment?
Ever since I could remember I “hated” reading. I always saw my mom and grandma constantly reading and they loved it, but I thought it was never really my thing. Pretty much “judging a book by its cover”. I tried a couple times, but every time I read I would think of 100 different things and nothing could keep my attention. Once I got older and started yoga I noticed that I wanted to read, I started with books about yoga as that is what kept my interest. I then found myself reading “spiritual guide" books if that is what they call them. One of my favorite authors now is Eckhart Tolle. I find myself lost for hours in his books. I also take notes when I read, below are some cliff note/one liners (grammatically incorrect). I know a lot of people out there feel the same way I did about reading, but maybe reading these one liners will spike your interest. The book is called The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle
Surrender is not weakness, there is great strength in it. When you surrender you are free.
Observe your mind and thoughts… smile at it.
You can stop the life corroding insanity simply by acknowledging the present moment.
Only the present can free you from your past.
Beauty arises in the stillness of your presence, be grateful when it happens.
We don’t have “problems” we have life situations.
The more consciousness you direct into your inner body the higher the energy level is and which negativity cannot affect you anymore.
Things will go wrong, upset will happen, you will have a conditioned reaction which is fear. When this happens immediately go within your body could only be a few seconds, but by doing this you will come into the now.
Observe emotions, don’t give them attention. Acknowledge it and accept it as what is.
When listening, listen with your mind and body. Open space in your body to listen. That is the best gift you can give someone.
Surrender to what is. Stop the suffering
Pay attention to silence.
Don’t let fear of the future take over your present now.
For love to flourish, the light of your presence needs to be strong enough so that you no longer get taken over by the thinker. The love and joy underneath the pain is enlightenment, freedom.
Watch your thoughts and behavior in repeat cycles. The ego will try to trick you into acting badly.
Learn to express feelings without blaming.
We have lived long enough to know that things will “go wrong: quite often. It is at those times your surrender to it if you want to eliminate pain and sorrow from your life.
- see my example below- do you stay present?
What did you think? On the cover it says a “guide to spiritual enlightenment”, which sounds lovely. Finding peace, happiness, mindfulness, enlightenment whatever it is you are looking for is hard work. The above “one liners” and the contents of the book need to be practiced daily so then you can find yourself on the journey you were meant to have. Negativity blocks that, it blocks the path we were chosen for it blocks the peace. Open up to not letting your ego override that, let the peace flow and you will see that you notice positive things more than negative. For example, if you are standing outside in front of an absolutely beautiful garden of spring flowers and there are people arguing next to it. Do you gravitate towards the anger and the drama of those people or do you stare at the beautiful garden and appreciate the beauty without even hearing the people fight? Take notice next time you are out, do you find yourself always noticing the negative or do you find the positive in all things? Stay in the present!
MUCH LOVE, XOXO
P.S. Thank you Ekhart Tolle for your enlightenment!
- all quoted from The Power of Now