When you look into what is meditation, mindfulness and being in the present moment, you can’t avoid bumping in Eckhart Tolle and his range of books about the subject. He is the ultimate ‘hero’ of championing the power of now.
It made a real impact on me and my perception of the world, when I read his book ‘The power of Now’ and embraced his idea that there only is the now. The past is gone; doesn’t really exist. The future is an anticipation, a fantasy and doesn’t really exist. The only reality is the now, the present moment.
Quote: “Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be”
When I started to look at my existence from the now, it helped me to put events in perspective. I remember visiting my very ill sister abroad. On the way to the airport I felt dreadful. She was so ill, I thought I would never see her again and I was almost planning her funeral. Then in the plane I did some of the meditation practices that are part of The power of now, and immediately became calm. I was sitting, breathing, embracing the moment. My worries and sadness were not there. I realised there and then, that they were an anticipation, not a reality. By the way, my sister recovered very well……..
The practice of general meditation makes it possible for us to be in the moment.
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