I first read "Power of Now" a number of years ago. It was so full of such wisdom that it took me a while to absorb all of it.
There were a number of ideas that still resonate with me. I carry these ideas on a laminated card in my purse and use it to remind me of these insights when I find myself floundering.
The first is: "Is there joy, ease and lightness in what you are doing? If not, change how you are doing it, not what you are doing." That has guided me daily since I read it all those years ago. It has enriched my life in countless ways.
The second is: "Do you have a problem NOW? A problem is something you are thinking about but can't do anything about at this time. When you create a problem, you create pain. Decide: I will create no more pain for myself." The decision to create no more pain for myself has pulled me up short many times when I realize that was exactly what I was doing.
The third is: The mind unconsciously loves problems because they give you an identity of sorts. This really stops me cold sometimes. I'm ruminating about problems because they create an identity for myself? Is this the identity I want for myself? A victim? A wronged person? It has really helped me to think, "I will create no more pain for myself" and stop the ruminating.
Enough said. This book has been truly life altering for me. Although it took some time for me to absorb the lessons in the book, they have had more impact on how I live my life and the choices I make than any other book I've ever read.
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