‘Practicing The Power Of Now’ was a very natural consequence of ‘The Power Of Now‘ book written by the same author – Eckhart Tolle.
The reason why it was a needed continuation is that there was a natural demand that people wanted to enter and be in The Power Of Now. The first book is essentially telling you how to do it but for many people who read the book and felt glimpses of the NOW it was necessary to have a ‘guided practice book’ on how to practice it.
There was a need for some kind of summary or ‘exercise’ book.
Below I will give you a summary on how to practice The Power of Now together with a link to a free online game created by us to help you practice being present in the NOW.
Practicing The Power Of The Now
To be present and stay present you need to practice. Your identification with your ego and the constant noise that the mind is creating are strong enough boundaries to make you struggle to access the NOW effortlessly.
Your ego won’t let you be present so easily because when you are present you are dissolving the ego and detaching from it. The ego will try to keep you within the stream of compulsive thoughts. When you are in the state of thinking you can’t be at the same time fully present.
In order to let go thinking for a while to access the present moment and stay in the present moment you need some portal that is beyond your mind. Accessing Now and staying in the Now will be easier for you if you will use one of the gateways that Eckhart Tolle is mentioning in his books.
Practicing The Power Of The Now is basically rooting yourself in the NOW by using these gateways.
This is how you can access the present moment:
- Take a few conscious breaths. In and out.
- Try to feel your hands. Feel the energy within them.
- Try to feel your whole body. Felling just your hands might be easier for you at the beginning. When you will be able to do that, then try to feel your whole body, scan your body, feel the energy inside, you can try to feel different parts of your body – one at a time – and then feel your whole body.
- Try to listen to the silence around you. There is always a dimension of silence around you. Listen to the silence. It diverts the attention from the thinking mind to presence.
- Accept everything as it is now. The present moment is as it is. Surrender yourself to the present moment. Don’t think, don’t assess, don’t judge.
- Try to observe your own mind. Wait for your next thought. Observe your mind as a rabbit hole. Wait for your next thought. What thought will come out next? Wait for it. Observe Your Mind. If a thought will appear just let it go. Return to presence. Wait for your next thought.
This is a very powerful practice as it allows you to stay longer in the present moment.
At the same time try to feel your body – this will help you to stay rooted in the present moment.
These gateways are explained in all the Eckhart Tolle’s books but they are not necessarily in the same place. Eckhart is however repeating the information about the portals that will allow you to enter the present moment across his books. There is one publication that I’m a big fan of. It is not very well known. Many people that have read ‘The Power Of Now’, ‘Practicing The Power Of Now’ or ‘A New Earth’ (the most popular Eckhart Tolle’s books) didn’t hear about it and it is possibly one of the most powerful in my opinion.
The name of it is ‘Gateways Into The Now’. I found it once while watching Eckhart Tolle’s videos. I think I watched most of the Eckhart Tolle’s videos on YouTube and this one I consider as possibly the most significant and brilliant in a way. The reason why I consider it this way is that it is treating about the practice – it shows you how to Practice The Power Of The Now.
As an additional thing that I like very much – Eckhart is reading this publication himself.
I strongly encourage you to watch this video series.
Gateways To NOW
What is The Difference Between ‘The Power Of Now’ and ‘Mindfulness’?
‘The Power of Now’ and ‘mindfulness’ in essence mean the same. Eckhart Tolle didn’t use the term mindfulness in ‘The Power Of Now’ as it is confusing for many people. It is implying that your mind has to be full, and as we know it has to be in the opposite state – it has to be empty when you are present in the moment.
The Power Of Now was possibly the first book that explained in an approachable way what mindfulness really is and how to practice it.
One thing that you have to understand.
The Power Of Now is not a knowledge, it is a skill. If you want to enter the NOW and stay in the NOW you have to practice it.
Only by knowing what The Power Of Now is you won’t feel its Power. You will not feel the bliss of presence that exist beyond thinking mind if you will stay in the thinking mind.
In order to experience something new you have to do something new. After reading the book, practice it. Believe me, the results can be astonishing.
You have possibly already felt the glimpses of the NOW, if you will take few more steps you will cross the barrier of awakening. You will see the world from a whole new perspective. Perspective of a freedom without the boundaries of the ego.
Practice The Power Of The Now.
It can be a very pleasant practice. Just do it NOW.
Great Tools To Practice The Power Of The Now
If you want to practice being present in the NOW you will find on this website 2 games with a daily practice.
I strongly encourage you to check them out.
Practice is the key.
First one is a 5 card daily practice that you can do every day. The game is based on the Eckhart Tolle’s teachings and the gateways that you have read about above.
You can check it out here – Practice The Power of Now | Mindfulness Game.
Second one is a free online game based on this website. Feel free to bookmark it in your browser and practice every day. You can find it here: The Observer
Good luck and stay present 🙂