Mind­ful mo­ment…

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

IRISH IN­DE­PEN­DENT I have an em­bar­rass­ingly large num­ber of self­help books on my book shelves. Some have been read in part, some not even opened, oth­ers have been so well read that the pages are start­ing to come away.

That is the case with The Power of Now by Eck­hart Tolle, a book which has be­come my com­fort blan­ket when my thoughts are spin­ning. The sim­ple phi­los­o­phy of the text is that liv­ing in the now is the truest path to hap­pi­ness and en­light­en­ment.

Last night, un­able to sleep I opened it at ran­dom and found this line: “Sur­ren­der to what 28 October 2017 is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life sud­denly starts work­ing for you rather than against you.”

Just read­ing it al­lowed me to let out a long sigh. I spend so much time try­ing to con­trol life and sec­ond guess every­thing, wor­ry­ing about what might be — but ac­tu­ally all we ever have is this present mo­ment. Right now. Say yes to that and ac­cept it ex­actly as it is and af­ter that things just seem to flow... Or at very least it’s eas­ier to get back to sleep.

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