Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Power of Now....Finished!

I finished The Power of Now today. I probably enjoyed the final chapters most in the book. I am still amazed at how this book so accurately articulates my journey over the past year and how well it reflects my new outlook on life. Here are some snippets for you:
  • Do you truly know what is positive and what is negative?Do you have the total picture? There have been many people for whom limitation, failure, loss, illness, or pain in whatever form turned out to be their greatest teacher. It taught them to let go of false self-images and superficial ego-dictated goals and desires. It gave them depth, humility, and compassion. It made them more real.
  • Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it, although you may not see it at the time. Even a brief illness or an accident can show you what is real and unreal in your life, what ultimately matters and what doesn't. 
  • To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.
  • Who you are is always a more vital teaching and and a more powerful transformer of the world than what you say, and even more essential even than what you do. 

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