Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Book of Monday

Today's book "Practicing the Power of Now" is written by Eckhart Tolle (Ulrich Leonard Tolle) and translated into Turkish as "Şimdi'nin Gücü Uygulama Kitabı". It offers some teachings that might help you allay your fears about future. When I read the book I likened some of his thoughts to "submission" belief in Islam. It means that If you want to have something you should put your best foot forward and leave the result to God. You don't need to think the rest because each consequence is a part of something bigger and your anxiety/fear is in vain.You cannot chance the past moreover your past doesn't shape your presence or future. Likewise your thoughts or plans about future cannot define the person you are now. Your thoughts about past/future are nothing but a delusion. Past gives you an identity -which does not reflects the truth- and Future promises satisfaction or creates fear. Both are illusional. As Tolle says "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it."( A New Earth, p.96) There isn't any unsolvable problem 'now'  but there are complex thoughts that make the life unbearable.  
Apart from thoughts, waiting is another problem. Tolle differentiates waiting into two groups. First one includes waiting at the airport, post office, etc. and the second one includes waiting for a better job- just like me!- success, money,enlightenment or a meaningful relationship. The second one briefly means that you wait for starting to live. You want the "future" not "now". Unfortunately future won't bring you what you want. If you want to have something have it now! says Tolle :)

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