2nd June 2002 - The Power of Now

When recommended a book called "The Power of Now", I ordered the book with that title by Eckhart Tolle. As it turned out, "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle was not the book referred to at all. However, the book appealed to me as it represented a spiritual view on life, an after I read it, I added it to the literature for my "Mind and Management" research.

The book deals with the gap between the mind "wants" and it’s history; meaning that if a person is fixated on either desires that he wants to achieve in the future or things that have happened in the past, he does not grasp the moment of now. This gap between the "now" moment and the thoughts in the mind is where anger, frustration, fear, stress and any other undesirable feeling reside. The book aims to help a person to bridge the gap by focusing on the now rather then things to come or things that have happened.

I believe that the book has some very good points, and in my opinion focusing on the "Now" is clearly a good tool in meditation and in other situations where full attention is required. On the other side, referring literature such as "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, there can be a tremendous power in focusing on future achievements before they happen in order to make them come true. So in my opinion the key for successful life-navigation might bee somewhere in between…

I would recommend this book to others that have an interest in spiritual thought beforehand, but if you have never read literature on such issues, I would recommend "The Other 90%" by Robert K. Cooper in stead. My reason for this recommendation is that the latter takes a more pragmatic approach to reducing the gap between potential and actual success, as well as contributes with a number of ways to reach the "source" of power for the "Now".

In the next week I hope to be back with a review of "The Power of Now: How Winning Companies Sense and Respond to Change Using Real-Time Technology" by Vivek Ranadive, Scott McNealy. This book will most likely be adding to my literature used in my "Business Intelligence directions in the future" research.

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