I swear it’s not a bunch of hooey. Are there some sections where you think “What is Eckhart Tolle even saying here? What is he on…”? Yes, there are. However, I can say from experience that reading ‘The Power of Now’ actually changed my perspective on my day-to-day. It’s temporary, but it has a real effect. I cannot recommend it more whole-heartedly.
I’m a pretty pragmatic dude. I call people out for their shenanigans (to the chagrin of many) and I see no immediate fault in that. I only hesitate to challenge people if I have no authority, or if we’re on the subway and I don’t want to cause a scene. But, I digress. There is a certain callousness, a jaded perspective that comes from living and working in New York City. It distorts our points of view and dissolves the a typical human interaction into something transactional. What does he want from me? What’s his play here? Unfortunately, those aren’t uncommon queries.
So why am I rereading The Power of Now? The short answer is because it works. The first time I read the book, I thought it was a bunch of feel good mumbo jumbo, a manual of misled information instructing the reader on the path to nirvana, a collection of well-conceived yet ineffective self-discovery one-liners. Thankfully, I was damn wrong. It’s not manual or a collection of clever quips. It’s a book about self-reflection and the lack of perspective of which so many of us are afflicted.
I’m back on the hunt for a new job, and there is not better time to realign my mental state than when constantly running into the walls that are HR and the general hiring process. Whether or not you think that the book is bullshit (which is your prerogative), I urge you to pick it up. Read the first 25, 50, 100 pages. The whole book is short enough to knock it out in a few days. If you don’t like it, put it down.
What’s the worst that can happen?